Aaron Large, registered nurse at LeConte Medical Center, was recently honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of a patient who had received extraordinary care and compassion from his nurses during his final days.
Aaron, who works in LeConte Medical Center’s critical care unit, was presented the DAISY award by hospital chief administrative officer Gaye Jolly, together with interim chief nursing officer Kenny critical care manager Casey Morrison.
He was nominated for the award by the sister of a cancer patient. In her letter, the sister wrote about Large’s compassion towards her sister and many family members during the patient’s unexpected passing:
First, I would like to say LeConte Medical Center ER was exceptional! I brought my sister to the ER at 1 AM. She was a cancer patient and in severe pain after surgery. She was put in ICU. All the family was with her and Aaron, her nurse all night, was awesome! I’ve never seen a nurse so compassionate towards my sister and her family. There are not enough words to say thanks to Aaron. He got us water, coffee, and in early morning hours even warm blankets. He brought a sofa to us. We are a big family. I’m the oldest of 10, and my sister was #8 in birth order. Most ICUs are limited to 2 patients and for a limited time. We appreciated all the care for my sister and her family. I left my phone at my sister’s house and was taken to the reception desk to use the phone to call her son and the rest of the family in Kentucky. Thanks again! Aaron did not leave at 7 AM. He was still there after she passed and came to give all the family hugs as we left around 9 AM. I was in shock after those 3 days, as I was not expecting her to go so fast. Thank you, Aaron, with all my heart!
Aaron received a pin, certificate, daisies, The Healer’s Touch sculpture, and cinnamon rolls for his entire department to share. Congratulations to Aaron! We appreciate his passion for nursing, and his commitment to always putting his patients first.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee at LeConte Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. To nominate a nurse today, visit www.lecontemedicalcenter.com/daisy.