MINERAL WELLS, TX. – June 1, 2022 – Palo Pinto General Hospital is preparing to launch The DAISY Award, honoring nurses in its healthcare system, in partnership with the Daisy Foundation, which has recognized nurses internationally since its founding in 1999.

“The DAISY Award is a way to say thank you and honor the work nurses do for patients and families every day,” Ross Korkmas, PPGH’s chief executive officer, said.

PPGH, Palo Pinto County’s regional healthcare network, will name a nurse each quarter to receive The DAISY Award from among nominees. Anyone may nominate a nurse – patients, families, fellow nurses, physicians, and other clinicians.

DAISY Award recipients receive a certificate proclaiming them an “Extraordinary Nurse;” DAISY Award pin; hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled “A Healer’s Touch;” and Spotlight page on the Daisy Foundation’s website. Visit to nominate a nurse for The DAISY Award.

PPGH also is preparing to start awarding an Employee of the Quarter, Korkmas said. “I truly appreciate the amazing work the PPGH family does to take care of our patients, community, and each other. Their commitment is evident.”

About Palo Pinto General Hospital

Palo Pinto General Hospital, operated by the Palo Pinto County Hospital District, is dedicated to providing high-quality convenient health care throughout the region. The county’s leading health care provider operates centers in Mineral Wells, Gordon, Santo, and Possum Kingdom Lake, emphasizing prevention and wellness. PPGH’s growing network includes an acute care hospital and rehabilitation and skilled nursing unit; urgent and primary care clinics; specialty clinics in women’s services, heart, orthopedics and sports medicine, pain management, pediatrics, urology, and pulmonary; and a mobile healthcare unit. Learn more at

About The DAISY Award

The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of a blood disorder. The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family, who wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program, The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. DAISY partners with healthcare organizations to provide ongoing recognition of nurses’ clinical skill and compassion and programs tailored to each hospital’s culture and values. Today, DAISY teams with more than 5,000 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing in all 50 states and 31 other countries and territories, committed to honoring nurses with The DAISY Award. The strategic impact of the program on nurses and their organizations is deep, affecting nurses’ job satisfaction, retention, teamwork, pride, organizational culture, healthy work environment, and more.


Scott Nishimura, Pavlik and Associates


Megan Hudson, Palo Pinto General Hospital

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