Kristy Rueff, daughter of Wallace and Brenda of Heber Springs was recently given The DAISY Award for care over and above that she provided to a terminally ill patient.

Rueff was caring for a terminal patient when she discovered this patient and her husband would be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary the next day.  The couple had shared that every year for their anniversary, they went to Red Lobster to celebrate. After hearing this, Rueff asked the chaplain if there was anything they could do to make this day special. The chaplain and the hospital employees worked together to develop an anniversary surprise.

That's when the nutrition and food services stepped up. They worked together to pull off this couple's favorite Red Lobster meal, complete with made from scratch cheddar bay biscuits. The husband enjoyed shrimp scampi and his wife had her traditional meal of fried clams. This meal was completed with a dozen roses donated by florist, Tipton and Hurst. Even though this was not how this couple wanted or anticipated spending their golden anniversary, Rueff helped make it a memorable occasion.

The husband wrote, “Thank you for the loving care you gave to my wife. Thank you for the special Red Lobster anniversary dinner and the roses for her. God Bless you all!”
Rueff was an RN at Baptist Health in Little Rock at the time. Today she  works at Baptist Health in Conway.
It is acts like Rueff did that inspired the DAISY Award in the beginning.
According to the DAISY Foundation website, “In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke with some blood blisters in his mouth. Having survived Hodgkin’s Disease twice, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). Pat and his wife, Tena, had just had their first child two months before he became sick.”
Because of the wonderful care and compassion showed to Barnes during his time in the hospital the family wanted to do something to show how much it meant to them. The way the nurses treated Barnes and the whole family going over and above what was expected, they wanted to do something to thank the nurses for the gifts they give their patients and families every day, just as we had experienced.  
Within days after Barnes’ death his wife, Tena, came up with the acronym, DAISY, which stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, they became a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organuzation.
The website goes on to explain, "We created The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses and piloted the program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, whose nurses cared for Patrick during the last weeks of his life. Our goal was to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care. At the time we started the program, we could not have anticipated that The DAISY Award would come to be regarded as a strategic tool for nurse recruitment and retention and would be adopted by healthcare facilities all over the U.S. and beyond."
“Our participants’ administrators tell us that as a recognition program, The DAISY Award is "inspirational," "a great morale booster," "an excellent tool for nurse retention," "a way to develop role models." They find it so meaningful that many have created their own DAISY Award displays in their lobbies, banners for their nurses' stations, scrapbooks of recipients, feature presentations at their National Nurses Week ceremonies, and permanent plaques. Realistically, we cannot project the effect The DAISY Award can have on the worrisome nursing shortage. However, it is apparent that our effort at expressing personal, heartfelt appreciation to nurses for the important difference they make in all the lives they touch is having a powerful effect.”