Dallas County Hospital Honors Daisy Award Winner — 

Perry, Iowa – Dallas County Hospital is excited to announce their annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Winner. Deb Heenan, RN, received the honor during a Nurses Week Recognition Event on May 7th. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.


Deb has been a dedicated, compassionate surgical nurse on the DCH Surgical Team for more than 20 years. Each day she comes to work, her main goal is to provide quality, safe care to our surgical patients. She was nominated by many for her compassion and the professionalism she brings to her team. Deb is known for going above and beyond for her patients and is continuously looking for ways to improve the care received here at Dallas County Hospital.


“Deb is a team player and is willing to educate others. She has many times said to our new surgical nurses during orientation, ‘look at each and every one of these patients as a family member and care for them as you would your own family,’” states Margo Starr, Dallas County Hospital Surgery manager, “I think Deb's most significant contribution to the hospitals organizational values would be her attention to detail in the day to day tasks, which shows dedication to DCH by always finding ways to improve processes, improve patient visits, and supporting all staff in all departments.”


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


The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, 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.