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'DFW Great 100' List Includes 23 Nurses from Texas Health Resources System Hospitals

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nurses at Texas Health Resources system hospitals account for 23 of the 2013 “DFW Great 100 Nurses,” an annual award recognizing the best of the nursing profession in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Among the Texas Health nurses named to the prestigious list is Lauren Montgomery, B.S.N., R.N.C.-OB, a nursing supervisor at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

“I chose nursing because I wanted to collaborate with other health care professionals in providing compassionate, individualized care to patients. Nursing has allowed me to be an advocate and develop meaningful relationships with patients and their families to help ensure their specific needs are met,” said Montgomery.

“It is an honor and privilege to receive this recognition. I am blessed for the opportunity to be named a Great 100 Nurse,” added Montgomery, who has served as a nurse for 13 years.

“Every day our patients benefit from the compassion, skills and plain hard work of Texas Health nurses,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health. “It’s touching to see their dedication and caring spirit recognized with such a prestigious award from their peers.”

The DFW Great 100 Nurses Inc. annually sponsors the “DFW Great 100 Nurses” to recognize registered nurses in the area who exemplify excellence in the art and science of nursing. The award is unique in that honorees do not have to belong to a particular professional organization or practice in a particular clinical specialty to be recognized. Any registered nurse whose place of employment is within the DFW Metroplex or surrounding counties may be nominated by peers. DFW Great 100 Nurses are ultimately selected by a 30-nurse peer committee, who review the blinded nominations.

“Great 100 recognition means a lot to our nurses because it is coming from other nurses,” said Joan S. Clark, D.N.P., R.N., senior vice president and chief nursing executive of Texas Health Resources. “Fellow nurses who have stood in your shoes and worked your shifts have said you are one of the best.”

The “Great 100 Nurses” will be honored at the 23rd annual gala on May 8 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

Here is a list of the honorees:

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

  • Nancy O’Steen, R.N., B.S., CMSRN

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

  • Kristy Anderson, B.S.N., R.N., ONC
  • Mary De La Garza, B.S.N., CMSRN
  • Jennifer Harland, B.S.N., R.N.
  • Michelle Johnson, B.S.N., R.N., PCCN
  • Sara Kardash, B.S.N., R.N., CCRN
  • Elaine Nelson, M.S.N., R.N., CCRN, NEA-BC
  • Kae Sutton, R.N., CCRN, CCAP
  • Kristin Templin, B.S.N., R.N.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

  • Kerry Miller, B.S.N., R.N., CEN

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth

  • Susan Christenson, B.S.N., R.N., CEN
  • Kathy Terryah, R.N., CMSRN

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

  • Lisa Ayala, B.S.N., RNC-NIC
  • Nell Hines, B.S.N., R.N.
  • Victoria Jiles, B.S., R.N., OCN
  • Alex Klacman, B.S.N., R.N.-C, CCRN
  • Lauren Montgomery, B.S.N., R.N.C.-OB
  • Christi Nguyen, M.S.N., M.H.A., R.N., CWON, NE-BC, FACHE

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

  • Jamie Watson, R.N.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

  • Jody Bauer, B.S.N., R.N.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall

  • Julia Hilton, B.S.N., R.N.
  • Lisa Perkins, B.S.N., R.N., CEN

Texas Health Springwood Hospital

  • Reina Rhodes, R.N.

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 25 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, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health 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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