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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth A health care hero is someone who not only uses her skills, dedication, compassion and quick thinking to make a difference for patients but also takes those qualities outside her job to assure the best possible outcome for others. In August 2012, Christy Daae, an emergency nurse at Texas Health Fort Worth for 14 years, was  at a neighborhood swimming pool with her two children when she spotted a 3-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy in trouble. The boy had jumped in the pool to help the girl after she fell into the deep end. Daae jumped into action, performing CPR on the boy with the help of another off-duty clinician who happened to be there. Once paramedics and firefighters arrived, she helped start an IV and give oxygen to the girl. Her quick response and willingness to get involved made all the difference for the girl. She did all she could for the little boy, reviving him so he could get to the hospital where his family could be with him. He later died but his organ donation saved six lives. In recognition of her heroic actions, Daae was named a Hometown Hero by the U.S. Air Force and flew with the Thunderbirds at the Alliance Air Show with a photo of the boy. A nurse leader in the ER and a mentor for the staff, Daae has been part of the planning of the new $57.7 million Emergency Care Center the hospital is constructing. She also has been part of the ER department’s efforts in helping the city of Fort Worth become designated a Safe Community by the World Health Organization. What drew you to the health care field? I was drawn to the health care field at a young age by my maternal grandmother. She would tell stories about her experiences as a nurse. I was intrigued by the hard work and dedication it took to be a great nurse. Who is your biggest inspiration? I credit my faith in Christ in helping me to be a great nurse and leader. I credit my husband, Kenneth, for supporting me in every career decision and my children, Corbett and Annalese, who inspire me to love and care without ceasing. And, my parents, Ron and Kathy, for giving me every opportunity in life while growing up. Also, to my dear friends and coworkers, Jamie, Jennifer and Lawan, who motivate, teach and are always there for me. And finally, to my bosses and mentors, Barbara, Paul and Judy, who have taught me what it means to be a great leader and mentor to others. What is your advice for people getting into the health care field? Hang on tight; it is going to be a bumpy ride, but that is the fun part. And, it is also the most rewarding profession one can choose. You won’t regret it. –Betty Dillard

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