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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Nurse Researcher Joins American Academy of Nursing

ARLINGTON, Texas — The American Academy of Nursing named Kathy Baker, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, CGRN, FAAN, research consultant and clinical nurse specialist at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, one of its 1,500 fellows out of roughly three million nurses nationwide.

Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker

The academy is comprised of the nursing profession’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. It generates, synthesizes, and disseminates nursing knowledge to contribute to health policy and practice for the benefit of the public and the nursing profession.

“I am honored to have been recognized by my profession for doing what I love,” Baker said. “Whether I am providing direct patient care, engaging with legislators to influence health policy for the benefit of our citizens, or sharing my knowledge and expertise with colleagues around the world, nursing has provided me with a rich and purposeful career. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Baker has been an associate professor and director of the doctor of nursing practice program at Texas Christian University since 2007. Before joining Texas Health Arlington Memorial, she was a nurse researcher at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas from 2006 to 2007 and an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2003 until 2006. She holds 30 years of clinical nursing experience.

Baker completed her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Baylor University in 1981 and a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1988.

She is a member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, the Society of International Gastroenterological Nurses and Endoscopy Associates, the World Association of Medical Editors, and the Council of Science Editors.

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 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 Health 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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