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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Honored for 'Distinguished Career'

ARLINGTON, Texas — The world’s largest specialty nursing association will honor Donna L. Bertram, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, vice president and chief nursing officer of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, for her distinguished career and long-time contributions to critical care nursing.

Donna L. Bertram, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN
Donna L. Bertram, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN

The Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career is one of the highest honors given by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, an organization that represents more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses around the world. Award nominees show consistent and exceptional contributions throughout a career that have enhanced the care of high acuity and critically ill patients and their families.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized by the clinical discipline of critical care which represents my nursing background,” Bertram said. “Dr. Kinney and I served on the AACN board together and we are both past presidents, so this award has great significance and special meaning to me. I am indeed humbled and blessed.”

Bertram will receive the award May 2 at the Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Chicago. She’ll also receive a $1,000 gift to the charity of her choice and a lifetime membership in the nursing organization.

This month Bertram will retire from a 46-year nursing career that spans patient care, leadership, operations, research and education. She joined the hospital’s administrative team in 2005 after serving 13 years as the chief operating officer/chief nursing officer of Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs, Colo. Before that, she was the vice president of nursing for the health care system from 1988-92. She began her career at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in 1972 as the director of medical-surgical nursing, director of the cardiovascular lab and in-service educator for critical care, and was promoted to vice president of nursing in 1984.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1980 and received a master’s in business education from the University of Dallas in 1986. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Nursing and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.

In 2009 she earned the highest recognition given by the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Organizational Innovation Award for Nurse Executives. In 2010 she was named one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s Great 100 Nurses and earned the Legacy of Women Award presented by SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, 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, or visit

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