PERRY — Dallas County Hospital is excited to announce their fifth-annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Winner. Jody Hollar, RN, received the honor during a Nurses’ Week Recognition Event on May 2.

The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

A member of the Dallas County Hospital team for the last 10 years, Jody received her A.D.N/R.N. degree from Des Moines Area Community College. Jody was nominated for being an excellent team player, patient advocate, compassionate and quality focused. She uses excellent critical thinking skills in working with the patients and staff in her role at Dallas County Hospital. Jody always puts her patient first!

"I am so proud of Jody and the compassion and dedication to quality she displays each day here at Dallas County Hospital," said Tonya Summerson, Chief Clinical Officer. "From her commitment to being a patient advocate, to the relationships she has developed with everyone she works with, Jody is truly an inspiration to nurses everywhere."

Physicians, employees, patients and families were all able to nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award. Jody will also be honored in June during a Mercy Health Network Luncheon.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Cal., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.