Three CHI Memorial Nurses Receive DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses

(l-r) Marlee Mullin, RN, Michael Meyers, RN, Chelsey Tyler, RN

(l-r) Marlee Mullin, RN, Michael Meyers, RN, Chelsey Tyler, RN


Three nurses at CHI Memorial recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Marlee Mullin, RN, was nominated by a patient’s family.  “Marlee went above and beyond during [his] stay in the hospital.  Marlee's compassion for not only the patient, but family involved, displayed a level of care as if we were the only one she was caring for.  Never appearing rushed or irritated, Marlee was able to quickly identify health concerns to the doctor that prevented any further health problems. She communicated efficiently to both the patient and family important and critical information. Staying past her shift to ensure matters were handled.  The level of professionalism goes beyond what we expected. I believe that Marlee is one of the reasons my husband is now home, back with our family recuperating. Marlee has met every criteria consistently for this nomination.  My hope is that she is an example of what CHI [Memorial] sets as a standard for all medical professionals.”  Mullin is a nurse on 500 South at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga.  She has been with CHI Memorial since April 2022.

Michael Meyers, RN, was nominated by a patient, who needed medical care while visiting Chattanooga.  “I wanted to reach out to CHI Memorial, specifically the CCU, to tell you about the exceptional, compassionate care of my nurse. Michael not only went out of his way to make sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed, he also wanted the same for my wife… Michael made sure my wife had a meal as well as answered all of our questions regarding my care.  His kindness meant the world to me and my wife... especially since we knew no one in Tennessee. Michael is a perfect example of what a nurse should be. We were so fortunate to be in Chattanooga in the care of Michael at [CHI] Memorial.  We will be forever grateful. I hope you will recognize him for all he gave to us and all he gives to his profession and to the Chattanooga community. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”  Meyers works in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga.  He has worked at CHI Memorial for eight years.

Chelsey Tyler, RN, was also nominated by a patient.  “I went to the Cath Lab thinking I would get another stent. Instead, I was told I needed open heart surgery. My wife, daughter, and I were devastated. My nurse, Chelsey, was amazing!  It was clear she loves her job. She was so attentive and caring. She answered questions and concerns we had about open heart surgery.  She explained follow-up care after surgery in such detail. She made sure we had all the information we needed before we left the hospital.  We were all just amazed at the quality of care she provided. Excellent!!! Thank you! You went above and beyond!” Tyler works in Cardiac Short Stay Unit (CSSU) and has worked at CHI Memorial since January 2021.  

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