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DAISY Award Winners – July 2020

Posted on July 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

Two nurse navigators at Thompson Cancer Survival Center were honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses on July 21, 2020. 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. Last week, The DAISY Award was presented to Sydney Keck, RN and Lora Fout, RN.  


Sydney Keck

Sydney Keck, RN is a nurse navigator at our Downtown Knoxville location. 

A coworker nominated Sydney for the award, saying, “Sydney recently went above and beyond to advocate for a patient who had progression of disease but was going to wait to start treatment. She stepped in and spoke with the physician and was able to get the patient back in treatment the following week.” The nomination continues, “Her heart shows through everything she does… she is quite a sight to behold doing her work. An angel in a nurse’s uniform!”  



Lora Fout

Lora Fout, RN, OCN is a nurse navigator at our West Knoxville location.

Lora was nominated by a patient for the intentional and compassionate care she provided for herself and even her daughters. The patient commented, “I simply cannot say enough good things about her. She is very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable and strong enough to ask questions that I was almost afraid to say out loud. I honestly do not think I could have survived this journey without her. She is beautiful, inside and out.”



The DAISY Committee presented both winners with a pin, a certificate, daisies,  and The Healer’s Touch sculpture. Congratulations, Sydney and Lora! We appreciate your passion for nursing and your commitment to always putting our patients first!