KNOXVILLE – Sandy Cupples, 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’ fourth annual DAISY award ceremony held on Monday, May 11.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was presented to Sandy, who is currently in her fourth year with Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. She will next be recognized at the Mercy Health Network of Central Iowa’s CEO meeting on June 12.

“Sandy works with every person manifesting a calm and positive demeanor. She is especially mindful of the necessity to review and keep up to date all processes of patient care. She is supportive to new ideas, brainstorming and trying staff suggestions. She listens to the worker in the forefront of patient care and supports equal and fair distribution of duties and work to maximize our services,” reads her nomination. “Sandy is careful to consider the patient care portion of any changes and always strives to provide the best care possible looking forward to new protocols and blending of the latest best practice into our current work processes. Compassionate care is a personal mission for Sandy, she never settles for second best, always insistent for improvements. She is a great asset to Knoxville Hospital & Clinics and an absolute delight to work with!”

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.

The other KHC nurses nominated for the DAISY award were Rachel Davis, Ann Fee, Mandi Illingsworth, Cheryl James, Terry Rose, Holly Shinn, Larry VanBaale, and Becky West.

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