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Three Texas Health Plano Nurses Honored

PLANO, Texas — Nurses frequently go above and beyond their job descriptions to care for their patients. This quarter, three nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano clearly stood out for those efforts.

Gale Ordonez (left), Judy Common (center), and Eva Fernandez-Start
Gale Ordonez (left), Judy Common (center), and Eva Fernandez-Start

Nurses that were recognized are: Judy Common, R.N., C.E.N., CPEN, CA/CP SANE-A-P, Eva Fernandez-Start, B.S.N., and Gale Ordonez, M.S.N., RNC-OB, C-EFM. Each received the DAISY Award, created by the DAISY Foundation to recognize nurses for their clinical skills, caring and compassion.

“We feel it’s imperative to recognize our nurses for the compassionate care and clinical expertise they provide our patients,” said Ray Kelly, R.N., M.S.N., chief nursing officer at Texas Health Plano.

Common works in the emergency department at Texas Health Plano, and has been a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) nurse for 10 years. “Although she is a very busy woman, Judy still manages to practice the ‘art’ of nursing,” said Jeri Rachal, B.S.N., R.N., CPEN, nursing supervisor in the emergency room at Texas Health Plano. “She takes time to connect with our emergency patient population in a way that provides comfort and care in times of vulnerability and distress.”

Fernandez-Start works in the cardiac telemetry unit, and was recently nominated for the DAISY Award by two patients.

“Beyond the daily routines of using computers and completing numerous tasks daily, Eva has continued to provide competence, commitment, comportment and compassionate care to her patients without fail,” said Angie Marshall, MMHA, R.N., B.S.N., CCRN, clinical care manager in the telemetry unit at Texas Health Plano.

Ordonez, who works in the labor and delivery unit, was nominated for her dedication to working with nursing students. When her teaching team realized that students were having difficulty with a certain subject, Ordonez took it upon herself to develop a pre-test to help them study.

“Gale is a great asset to our department,” said Sherrie Martin, B.S.N., labor and delivery manager at Texas Health Plano. “She speaks kindness to all and education is her passion.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-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 systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 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, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, 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

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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