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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Receives National Award

ARLINGTON, Texas — The American Organization of Nurse Executives will honor Donna Bertram, R.N., M.B.A., N.E.A.-B.C., F.A.A.N., vice president and chief nursing officer of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, with a prestigious award for nursing executives at its national conference in April.

Donna Bertram

Donna Bertram

The Organizational Innovation Award for Nurse Executives honors those who have spurred positive changes within their organization. The American Organization of Nurse Executives aims to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy.

“I’m honored and very humbled by this award,” Bertram said. “It is a high compliment when your peers recognize you for the work that you’ve done. It takes more than one person to achieve these accomplishments, so this award also honors the wonderful team that I work with.”

Since Bertram joined the hospital as vice president and chief nursing officer in 2005, she has spearheaded many innovative developments that improve nursing and patient care, including:

  • Establishing a healing arts committee to explore alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, meditation and music therapy;
  • Implementing a Nursing Knowledge Expo where nurses can share ideas and innovative programs;
  • Initiating a daily 10-minute morning inspirational huddle with her directors and administrative supervisors;
  • Starting a monthly “coffee with Donna,” an informal forum for nurses to meet with her on issues they feel are important; and
  • Launching the hospital’s efforts toward gaining Magnet designation, the world’s highest award for nursing excellence.

“Donna has great enthusiasm, energy and vision,” said Sandra Harris, chief operating officer of the hospital. “Her willingness to listen with an open mind, embrace non-traditional ideas and demonstrate excellence inspires her staff to go the extra mile for our patients, and for her.”

Bertram’s 44-year nursing career 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.

Bertram is a 1965 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. 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.

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 a member of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL.

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. The system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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