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Six Nurses at Texas Health Plano Named to 2009 'Great 100' List

PLANO, Texas — Six nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano have been named to the coveted “Great 100 Nurses” list, an annual award naming the best of the best in the nursing profession in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The winners from Texas Health Plano are:

  • Dorothy Bartz, R.N., B.S.N. – As a risk manager in patient safety, Bartz has a passion for education and infection control. Bartz served as an operating room nurse for more than 20 years and was one of the first nurses in the country to suspect a link between artificial nails and fungal infections. Because of her work, Texas Health Plano was on the leading edge of patient safety many years before it became law.
  • Sue Courtois, R.N., B.S.N. – In her 30-year nursing career, Courtois has done everything from urgent care nursing in the emergency room to intensive care and telemetry. In her position as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, Courtois relishes caring for premature and ill infants, and watching them become strong enough to go home to loving families.
  • Marcie Walters, R.N. – As a nurse in the patient assessment center, Walters ensures that patients are properly prepared for surgery. Her reaction to being named to the “Great 100” was a mixture of disbelief and excitement. Walters was honored along with Debra Willis, her supervisor in the patient assessment center.
  • Debra Willis, B.S., R.N.-B.C. – Willis supervises the daily operations of the intensely busy patient assessment center, ensuring that all patients are properly worked up prior to surgeries, and also that staff continue to grow and develop as health care professionals. Willis was shocked and humbled when told she was on the “Great 100” list. “To me, this award is the greatest honor given a nurse,” she said.
  • Mary Jane Winkenhofer, R.N., B.S.N. – After “falling in love” with neonatal intensive care the first time she rounded through the department in nursing school, Winkenhofer decided that there was no better place for her to be a nurse. She has spent her entire nursing career at Texas Health Plano and would have it no other way. “I had my children here, and told all my friends to have their babies here,” said Winkenhofer.
  • Kathy Wright, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N. – Her position as a critical care nurse keeps her on her toes, Wright admits. She was drawn to critical care because it allows her intense focus on her patients and the ability to form a bond with them and their families. Wright says she was shocked to win, but even more floored to be nominated. “My bosses nominated me for the ‘Great 100,’ – it doesn’t get any better than that.”

The Texas Nurses Association and the Dallas-Fort Worth Nurse Executives annually sponsor the “Great 100 Nurses,” which honors registered nurses in the 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 all, Texas Health nurses won 29 of the 100 spots on the coveted list, accounting for almost one-third of the top nurses in the Metroplex — more than any other hospital or health system in the area.

“We are extremely proud of these six nurses, as nurses form the foundation of our hospital’s patient-care network,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, president of Texas Health Plano. “Our nurses set a high bar for each other, an example of excellence that is made up of hard work and dedication for every patient, every day.”

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 19th annual gala on April 19 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 370-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. 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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