Team Member Awards & Recognition

UT Medical Center Recognizes Employee Achievements

UT Medical Center knows how dedicated nurses are in upholding high quality standards everyday. Medical center nurses are in highly demanding positions that reflect the hospital and its standards while assisting patients and their families in achieving the best health outcomes. UT Medical Center recognizes its nurses in several ways.

  • Nurse Excellence Awards – As part of the annual Nurses Week celebration, UT Medical Center honors nurses who serve as examples of the best professional nurses in the hospital. Nominated by their peers, each award winner is chosen based on their dedication, exceptional clinical practice and distinguished contributions to the nursing profession. 
  • Through the monthly Exceptional People Awards, employees may be rewarded and recognized for their efforts and commitment at all levels. Peers and supervisors alike may recognize individuals for their patient care, positive attitudes and a job very well done.
  • The Knoxville hospital also has an employee recognition program that begins with the patient. Through the Guardian Angel Program, patients may recognize any staff member that gave them high quality assistance and care. By making a gift in the name, patients can express their gratitude to their caregiver, faculty member or other hospital staff member who made their experience a positive one.
  • The DAISY Award - UT Medical Center has participated in the national DAISY Award program since 2011. The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses was established in honor of Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The Barnes family created The DAISY Foundation because of the extraordinary care they received from nurses. The award recognizes the super-human work nurses do every day all over the country. Nominees can be nominated by their peers, patients, families and physicians. A nurse is chosen quarterly by the Professional Development Council to receive the DAISY Award.
  • Lisa McCarty Kennedy Oncology Nursing Merit Education Award - Lisa McCarty Kennedy was a loving wife and an adoring involved mother. Lisa was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1992. She bravely and gracefully battled her cancer for two years. Hers was not a long life in terms of years but it was a life well lived.

To honor her memory, Lisa’s family and friends created the Lisa McCarty Kennedy Oncology Nursing Merit Education Award within the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine at UT Medical Center.  This annual award is provided to an outstanding Medical Center nursing staff professional who is involved with caring for cancer patients and exhibits: Excellence in providing compassionate patient care, Dedication to acquiring knowledge resulting in improved patient care, and a positive role model for colleagues, patients and their families.