PERRY — Dallas County Hospital is excited to announce their 6th annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing winner. Ruth Archer, RN, received the honor during a Nurses’ Week Recognition Event on May 1st. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.


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. The acronym DAISY stands for “diseases attacking the immune system”.


As a member of the Dallas County Hospital team for the last 20 years, Ruth was nominated for her compassion, commitment and respect for every patient, family member and peer. Ruth shows compassion by smiling and using a soothing voice to comfort her patients. Ruth will sit next to a patient, whether they are young or old, and explain to the patient and family openly and honestly about what to expect while they are at the hospital. The parents of a pediatric patient, who nominated Ruth, appreciated how she kept them informed during their ER visit. They felt very at ease after Ruth explained everything. Another example of compassion was shared by a co-worker. The co-worker observed Ruth taking time to sit with a confused patient that was anxious and unwilling to stay in bed. Ruth sat with the patient, massaged the patient’s hand and sang to the patient. The patient was able to relax and rest for a while. Additional nominations from peers shared how Ruth displays confidence, and staff is comfortable with going to Ruth with questions. She provides positive feedback to staff.


“I am so proud of Ruth and the compassion and respect 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, Ruth is truly an inspiration to nurses everywhere.”


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