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Texas Health Allen Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer|
ALLEN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is pleased to announce that Christy Escandon, R.N., MBA, CENP, has joined the staff as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).
“We are thrilled that Christy has joined the leadership team at Texas Health Allen. She brings a wealth of nursing and leadership experience to her role and is a great addition to our staff,” said Jeff Reecer, President of Texas Health Allen.
“I am so impressed by everyone I've met so far at Texas Health Allen," Escandon said. "The team spirit here is very strong. I love that our hospital is very community-based and family friendly — not only for our patients, but for the care team. You can truly connect at a close level when you work alongside your 'family' members."
A native of Houston, Escandon lived in Lubbock for 17 years before relocating to the Dallas area five years ago. She most recently worked as the VP of operations for Medical City Children's Hospital. Prior to Medical City, Escandon held several key leadership positions for health systems in south and west Texas, including Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen; Edinburg Children's Hospital and Edinburg Regional Medical Center in Edinburg; and Covenant Health System in Lubbock.
"My desire to help people, and my interest in medicine and health care led me to my career in nursing," she said. "I found a unique body of knowledge in nursing that spoke to me and clicked with my personal values."
Escandon holds an associate's degree in nursing from South Plains College and a bachelor's degree in nursing from West Texas A&M University. She was on track to become a nurse practitioner, when she was offered her first administrative role, and eventually earned a master's degree in business administration from West Texas A&M University.
"I had been a business major before I became a nurse, so being a nurse administrator pulled all of the pieces together for me," she said. "I am able to continue to help patients, but from a different perspective. I help by providing a positive, nurse-friendly environment for patient care."
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