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Recognizing Fort Loudoun’s Finest

Posted on December 30, 2022

Celebrating employees who went “above and beyond” in 2022

At Fort Loudoun Medical Center, we believe all our employees demonstrate excellence in everything they do. They are compassionate caregivers who put our patients first and continue the legacy of excellence in healthcare.

Fort Loudoun recognizes its exceptional team members through the DAISY Award for nurses and the FLAMES Award for non-nursing employees. Individuals can be nominated by patients, visitors or fellow employees. Throughout this past year, outstanding employees provided exceptional care that left a lasting impression on patients or colleagues, who then nominated them for an award. Fort Loudoun is proud to recognize these employees for their dedication and high-quality care.

 The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award is an international nurse recognition program celebrating the compassion and skills nurses bring to patients and families every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in Seattle, Washington, from complications of an autoimmune disease. His family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided during his 8-week hospital stay. The DAISY Award was created to honor them and other nurses through the years who provide extraordinary care.

At Fort Loudoun, recipients of the DAISY Award must embody PETALS: Passion, Excellence, Trust and Teamwork, Attitude, Learn and Listen, and Safety. Nurses are nominated by patients and families, other nurses, physicians, hospital staff members or volunteers.

In 2022, these nurses were recognized for their outstanding care:

  • Kendall Swift, Medical- Surgical 
  • Leslie Brown, Float Pool

Thank you, nurses, for all you do!


The FLAMES Award 


While patients may interact with their nurses more often than other employees, non-nursing staff often impact patient care in a positive way. That’s why Fort Loudoun created the FLAMES Award (Fort Loudoun Acknowledges Motivation, Excellence, and Service) for non-nursing staff. The FLAMES Award has recognized non-nurse employees who exemplify the following characteristics:

  • Faces each day with the drive to be the first and best choice for our patients.
  • Lives our Pledge of Excellence.
  • Attentive to our patients’ and visitors’ needs.
  • Maintains a positive attitude under pressure or in difficult situations.
  • Exhibits the characteristics of integrity, respect and teamwork in all activities.

Staff members are nominated by patients and their families, physicians, other hospital staff members or volunteers.

In 2022, these employees received FLAMES Awards:

  • Whitney Harris, Emergency Department
  • Judy Stiles, Cardiopulmonary Svs
  • Ken Lewellyn, Security
  • Whitney Harris, Emergency Department
  • Phyllis Key, EVS

The Silver Lamp Award

The Silver Lamp Award from the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee annually awards $2,500 for continuing education for up to two employees from each of 12 area hospitals.

Recipients of the Silver Lamp Award are nominated by their hospitals for demonstrating exceptional leadership and dedication to healthcare and their community. In 2022, Fort Loudoun was honored to nominate Kayla Byrd, CNA.