The Emma Walker Room
Emma Walker from Central High School wanted to be a NICU nurse all her
life. Now, after her untimely death, a room at the East Tennessee Children's
Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has been named in her honor.
“This was the only room we had that had not been made in honor or
memory dedication of anyone … so we just knew this was meant to
be, for this to be Emma’s room because she aspired to be a NICU
nurse,” NICU Nursing Manager Tracie Savage said.
Walker was shot and killed by a classmate in November of 2016. On March
20, 2017, on what would have been her 17th birthday, her name was immortalized
in the area she once wished to serve. From now on, a part of Emma will
always be with the babies that so depend on the care of their healthcare workers.
Walker's mother, Jill, speaks about her daughter's legacy:
Children's Hospital dedicates NICU room in Emma Walker's honor - Knoxville News-Sentinel, March 20, 2017
Money to create the Emma Walker room was raised by donations through the
East Tennessee Children's Hospital's fundraising services.