HMFW Appoints New Director of Professional Practice and Education

FORT WORTH, Texas — Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) officials promoted Debbie Phillips, R.N., M.S., F.N.P.C., director of community health and education to director of professional practice and education. With more than 20 years of experience in clinical nursing and nursing leadership, Phillips has spent the majority of her career specializing in community health, education and nursing administration.

In her new role, Phillips will assume responsibility for the department of clinical education, mental health nursing services, infection control program and the HMFW Magnet project director role. In addition to these responsibilities, Phillips will continue overseeing the childbirth education, hyperbilirubinemia, community health, lactation, employee health and diabetes programs at HMFW.

Phillips joined HMFW in 1987 as a staff nurse in labor and delivery. She transferred to Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital (HMSW) in late 1987 where she worked in Women's Services. She was promoted to the manager of the breastfeeding resource center, childbirth and community education at HMFW in June of 1992. Five years later, she was promoted to the manager of community health and education at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. In January 2004, she was promoted to director of community health and education.

Phillips holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing, as well as a post-master's family nurse practitioner degree from Texas Woman's University. She has achieved national certification as a family nurse practitioner and in childbirth instruction.

A recipient of the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council Great 100 Nurse award and the YWCA Tribute to Women in Business Award, Phillips is recognized by many for clinical excellence and leadership.

About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Opened in 1930, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is a Magnet-designated hospital, and Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 710 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more. The campus is home to almost 1,000 members of the medical staff, more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and the new state-of-the-art 100-bed Harris Methodist Heart Center. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, 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. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit