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Six Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Named to 2010 'Great 100' List

PLANO, Texas — The annual list of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s best nurses is out, and six nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano have been named among the best in their profession, as members of the 2010 “Great 100 Nurses.” They join the 27 other “Great 100 Nurses,” named to the list in past years, currently working at the hospital.

The winners from Texas Health Plano, with a total of 202 years nursing experience, are:

  • Veronica Cargo, R.N., B.S.N., C.E.N. – Cargo was the driving force in the development of the customer service nurse, a new position in the Emergency Department. She served as the department’s Magnet Champion.
  • Lynda Doell, M.S.N., R.N., C.I.C., C.P.H.Q. – National certification in quality and infection control helps Doell bring expert knowledge to her position as Texas Health Plano’s infection prevention coordinator.
  • Cathy Dyke, R.N., B.S.N., M.S. – After spending more than 20 years in administrative roles, Dyke returned to her passion of patient care as a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • Sue Goddard, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A. – A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, Goddard was recently named one of the hospital’s Evidence-Based Practice Fellows, a joint project with Texas Christian University.
  • Catherine Head, R.N. – Having served as a preceptor, charge nurse and assistant head nurse, Head is known as a role model to her peers and the community. She currently serves as a staff nurse in the hospital’s nursery.
  • Kristin Whitehead, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A. – Known as a compassionate caregiver, Whitehead is director of administrative Nursing Services in Float Pool & Wound Care Services. She helped build the hospital’s Operations Resource Center.

“The Great 100 Nurses are the best of the best, and we’re honored to have six of these superstars at Texas Health Plano, joining 27 additional nurses honored in previous years,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, hospital president. “These nurses set an example of excellence that is made up of hard work and dedication for every patient, every day.”

The Texas Nurses Association and the Dallas/Fort Worth Nurse Executives annually sponsor the “Great 100 Nurses,” which honors registered nurses in the D/FW area who exemplify excellence in the art and science of nursing. Nurses are nominated by their peers and may only be named to the list once in their career.

In total, Texas Health nurses won 35 of the 100 spots on the coveted list, accounting for more than one-third of the top nurses in Dallas-Fort Worth — more than any other hospital or health system in the area.

“Texas Health nurses are the compassionate face of health care to our patients,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health. “I’m thrilled to see so many of our star caregivers recognized for setting the standard of excellence in their vital profession.”

The “Great 100 Nurses” will be honored by the Texas Nurses Association, Districts 3 and 4, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Nurse Executives at the 20th annual gala on April 14 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is 366-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. 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 care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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