Hollar takes 2016 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing

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Jody Hollar R.N., center, was congratulated on winning the 2016 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing by Tonya Summerson, left, chief clinical officer at the DCH, and Donna Vandehaar, chief operating officer at the DCH.

Nurse Jody Hollar has been named the winner of the 2016 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry, a hospital spokesperson announced Thursday. Hollar, a registered nurse from St. Charles, received the honor during a Nurses’ Week recognition event May 2.

A member of the Dallas County Hospital team for the last 10 years, Hollar received her A.D.N/R.N. degree from Des Moines Area Community College.  The DAISY Award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

“Jody was nominated for being an excellent team player, patient advocate, compassionate and quality focused,” said Tonya Summerson, chief clinical officer at DCH. “She uses excellent critical thinking skills in working with our patients and staff in her role at Dallas County Hospital. Jody always puts her patient first!”

Summerson said everyone at the hospital is “so proud of Jody and the compassion and dedication to quality she displays each day here at Dallas County Hospital. 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. Hollar will be further honored in June during a Mercy Health Network luncheon.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif. It was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who 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 Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for the profound difference they make in the lives of their patients and their families.

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