Dallas County Hospital recently announced the winner of the annual DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing. Deb Heenan, RN, received the honor during a National Nurses Week recognition event on May 7. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.


Heenan 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. Heenan 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,’” said Margo Starr, Dallas County Hospital Surgery manager. “I think Deb’s most significant contribution to the hospital’s 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. Heenan will also be honored in June during a Mercy Network Luncheon.