Shawn Hennessey Receives DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses


Shawn Hennessey, RN, with CHI Memorial, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

A patient’s family member nominated Hennessey for his compassion for the patient as well as grieving family members. “I will always be thankful for Shawn, the extraordinary nurse who took care of my mom with compassion, kindness, and a gentle hand. I will forever be in debt to Shawn, the extraordinary person who took care of me when I was at my lowest.”

Hennessey also received a DAISY award in 2015.  He works in the CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) and has worked at CHI Memorial since October 2006.

CHI Memorial is pleased to partner with the DAISY Foundation to recognize the extraordinary difference nurses make in the lives of patients and co-workers. Nurses are chosen each month to receive this wonderful award that honors compassionate care.  

Honorees receive a bouquet of daisies, a certificate, a copy of her/his nomination letter, and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch - hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.  The honoree's nursing unit also receives a cinnamon doughnut party, because it takes a team for a nurse to achieve his/her best.  Tasty Doughnuts generously donates the treats for this worthy cause.

To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, visit