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Edmonson Named Chief Nursing Officer of Texas Health Dallas

DALLAS — Cole Edmonson, M.S., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, has been named vice president of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Cole joins Texas Health Dallas from Medical City Dallas, where he served as the CNO and vice president of nursing.

Cole Edmonson, R.N.

Cole Edmonson

Edmonson has almost 20 years of health care experience with a proven track record for improving nursing engagement, physician satisfaction with nursing, and overall quality of patient care, said Britt Berrett, Ph.D., president of Texas Health Dallas.

“Cole’s leadership skills, vast experience and passion for nursing will help us achieve our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” Berrett said. “Blessing patients with compassionate, quality care has always been Cole’s trademark. That’s why I think he’s so perfectly suited for this important role here at Texas Health Dallas.”

Edmonson’s work at Medical City included direct management of seven service lines, including heart, cancer, surgery, orthopedics and neurosciences, and clinical responsibility for women and children’s services. As the Magnet Program Coordinator, he successfully led Medical City to become the first hospital in North Texas recognized as a Magnet facility. Under his leadership, the hospital was also the first in North Texas to be re-designated a Magnet facility.

“I’m delighted to join the Texas Health Dallas team and look forward to building on the great successes the nursing staff here has already achieved,” he said. “The great reputation of the hospital and the high-caliber of its nurses are the reasons I want to be part of this great organization. I’m humbled to work alongside these nurses — who are inspiring examples of what it means to practice the art and science of nursing in a professional environment.”

“It is very gratifying to be a part of an organization that focuses on the bedside experience of the patient and the professional role of the bedside provider," he added, "especially as we have come to understand through the literature and research that nursing is one of greatest determinants of quality care and patient outcomes.”

Edmonson is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves as the President of the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, Secretary of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, and a member of American Organization of Nurse Executives. He is also an active member of the Texas Nurse Association and the American Nurses Association.

“Cole is an outstanding nurse executive, and we’re proud to have him join our team,” said Joan Shinkus Clark, M.S.N., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president and Texas Health Chief Nurse Executive. “He will no doubt provide great leadership to the nurses of Texas Health Dallas, and we also look forward to his leadership within our Chief Nurse Executive team with Texas Health Resources."

Edmonson has published numerous articles on such topics as evidence-based nursing, building front-line leaders, and customer service in health care. Past recognitions include being named a Great 100 nurse, receiving the Texas Nurses Association District 4 Nurse of the Year, Nursing Management Magazine’s Visionary Leader Award, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives Excellence in Leadership Award and Nurses Week Nursing Excellence Award for Advancing/Leading the Profession.

Edmonson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Master of Science degree in Nursing from the Oklahoma University College of Nursing. He anticipates receiving his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Texas Christian University in 2011.

He is an adjunct faculty instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman’s University. He also serves as an Executive MSN Advisory Board Member at UTA and an Advisory Member for the Collin County Nursing Program.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. US News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit


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