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DAISY Award Honors Extraordinary Nurses at Texas Health Stephenville

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Have you or someone you know received exemplary care from a nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville? You will soon have the opportunity to recognize compassionate care by Texas Health Stephenville nurses through nominating them for the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Ilda Martinez, R.N., director of medical-surgical nursing
The clinical expertise and compassionate care displayed every day by Texas Health Stephenville’s nurses is exemplified by Ilda Martinez, R.N., director of medical-surgical nursing.

Texas Health Stephenville launched its participation in the DAISY Award program on Jan. 24. The program rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses. About 1,000 health care organizations worldwide are collaborating with the DAISY Foundation to honor nurses through the prestigious program. Texas Health Stephenville will recognize one of its nurses with this special honor twice a year.

“Our nurses consistently demonstrate extraordinary clinical expertise and compassionate care,” said Cindy McCarthy, D.N.P., chief nursing officer at Texas Health Stephenville. “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize exemplary role models in the nursing community.”

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by submitting a nomination form. Forms and collection boxes are located in the admission lobby and atrium lobby at Texas Health Stephenville. Nurses can also be nominated at

Nurses should be recognized as outstanding role models, fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Serves as a role model for the nursing profession through loyalty and commitment.
  • Strives to go above expectations in their role at Texas Health Stephenville.
  • Develops key relationships and demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with patients, families and peers.
  • Models empathy and demonstrates a caring attitude in all situations.
  • Generates enthusiasm and energy toward meeting the challenges of professional nursing.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of an auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system.”) Barnes’ family was awed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to their patient but also to his family. Through the foundation the family aims to recognize extraordinary nurses who make a difference in the lives of so many people through their everyday work.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a full-service acute care facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital offers surgical services, women’s and infants’ services, advanced diagnostic imaging, sleep lab and wound care services. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has received national accreditation as a Level IV Trauma Center and Cycle III Chest Pain Center as well as for its stereotactic breast biopsy program. The hospital was named a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization and received Pathway to Excellence® designation for a work environment that supports nurses.

For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355), or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355), or visit

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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