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FLAME Award Winners- Tracy Bazen and Medley Johnson

Posted on June 15, 2022

Congratulations to TWO physical therapists for being our recent FLAME award recipients! Tracy Bazen and Medley Johnson were both nominated by co-workers for exceptional patient care. Our first FLAME winner, Tracy, was treating a patient who really needed more time in the hospital, but the patient was very reluctant to stay. After having a heart-to-heart […]


Living Cancer-Free

Posted on June 15, 2022

Expert Team + Advanced Technology = Positive Outcome for Lung Cancer Patient Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer-related death. Catherine Widhalm, a recent “Tennessee transplant,” knew lung cancer ran in her family, and that she had a higher risk of developing it herself. After a nodule on her lung turned out to […]


April DAISY Winner- Ainsley Villafana

Posted on June 2, 2022

Congratulations to our April DAISY Award winner Ainsley Villafana! Ainsley, a registered nurse in our med-surge ICU, was nominated by a patient for his heartfelt sincerity and visible love for his job. During an extended stay at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Ainsley’s nominator noted how he went above and beyond his duties to ensure […]


Giving Up Is Not an Option

Posted on June 1, 2022

Fort Sanders Perinatal Center helps woman through high-risk pregnancies It had taken 11 months to get pregnant, and the last thing Sara Kirthlink wanted was a reason to worry about her long-awaited child. Kirthlink’s obstetrician had detected possible preeclampsia, a complication involving high blood pressure and risk to internal organs. There was also evidence that […]


FLAME Award Winners- Robin Wilson and Leigh Hoopes

Posted on May 26, 2022

Congratulations to FLAME award winners Robin Wilson and Leigh Hoopes! Wilson and Hoopes, co-workers and MRI techs, were nominated by a patient for their compassion and understanding as the patient underwent an MRI.  Scans can understandably induce anxiety in some patients, and Wilson and Hoopes recognized this and encouraged the patient throughout their experience. Their […]


FLAME Award Winner- Shannon Taylor

Posted on May 24, 2022

Congratulations to our latest FLAME award winner, Shannon Taylor! Shannon, a registered dietician, was nominated by the medical-surgical ICU team for her kindness and work ethic. Her nominators said, “On multiple occasions, Shannon has helped pass out trays when the unit was short staffed and even helped feed patients who needed assistance. She has even […]