KNOXVILLE – Leah Sims, a registered nurse at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, was recognized for her dedication to the nursing profession, patients, and their family members during Knoxville Hospital & Clinics’ sixth annual DAISY award ceremony held on Monday, May 8.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was presented to Leah, who is currently in her third year with Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. She will next be recognized at the Mercy Health Network of Central Iowa’s CEO meeting on June 16.

Part of Leah’s nomination read, “This nurse did a wonderful job of caring for my wife. She is very professional, intelligent, and one of the most compassionate nurses I’ve ever been around. She was so easy to talk to and put me AND my wife at ease. When my wife complained of neuropathy in her feet, this nurse gently massaged them in a calming way. She went above and beyond her role of a nurse.”

The DAISY Award was founded in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 from complications of ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura), thus giving name to award “Diseases Attacking the Immune System” DAISY.

The DAISY Award is an annual nursing award at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics to be rewarded during the annual service awards ceremony every May. Nomination forms are available at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. The nominations are reviewed and the winner is selected by the Operations Team.

Previous Daisy Award winners are Cheryl James, Holly Shinn, Kellie Jones, and Elizabeth Hembrook.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418 or visit