Two extraordinary Erlanger Nurses recognized with DAISY Foundation award

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger recently honored Daniel Linebaugh, BSN, and Justin Reason, BSN, as outstanding nurses, awarding each of them the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is a DAISY Foundation program with the purpose of recognizing the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

The DAISY Award is a national award to celebrate nurses who define patient and family-centered care. Linebaugh and Reason were awarded Erlanger’s May 2021 DAISY Awards for their dedication to providing comprehensive care extending beyond medical needs.

Nurses can be nominated by anyone in the healthcare organization, including patients and family members. Both Linebaugh and Reason were recognized with stories detailing the outstanding patient-centered care they continuously provide.

Linebaugh’s nominator, the wife of a former patient, said, “[he] is the best caring nurse that I have ever been in contact with.” She went on to detail how Linebaugh cared for them as if they were his own family and repeatedly highlighted his caring, compassionate nature. He is recognized as a dedicated and compassionate nurse who routinely goes above and beyond for his patients to be comfortable and treated like family.

Reason was nominated by an Erlanger critical care doctor, Dr. Aaron Cohen. In his nomination, Dr. Cohen highlighted Reason’s incredible care of a patient who experienced several medical crises. Reason was quickly able to recognize the early signs of stroke and immediately fired the appropriate codes to be able to adequately care for the patient. His extraordinary efforts are noticed by his coworkers and patients every shift. Reason puts his patients above all else and he is an incredibly dedicated and hardworking nurse.

“We are exceptionally proud to have Daniel and Justin on our team,” said Rachel Harris, Erlanger Chief Nursing Executive “Their compassion and determination to go the extra mile for our patients exemplifies the Erlanger mission.”

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 after Patrick Barnes passed away from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. His family wanted a way to honor him and show appreciation for the nurses’ compassion and kindness they extended to the whole family during his eight-week stay in the hospital. Barnes’ wife, Tena, created the DAISY acronym, which stands for “diseases attacking the immune system.” For more information about the DAISY Foundation or the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, please visit