Three Arlington Memorial Hospital Nurses Named to 'Great 100' List
05/02/2006

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Nurses Association and the Dallas-Fort Worth Nurse Executives named three nurses on staff at Arlington Memorial Hospital (AMH) to the annual list of “Great 100 Nurses.” Kathy Abrahamson, Debbie Meyers and Lorrie L. Wilson were selected from registered nurses across the Metroplex for being role models, possessing leadership abilities, providing compassionate care, performing community service and making significant contributions.

Abrahamson, a clinical educator in AMH's Women's & Children's Center, took the initiative to become a certified instructor for a fetal monitoring course. Now, nurses have access to the class at their facility and don't have to travel elsewhere. Abrahamson readily shares her personal experience of losing a newborn an hour after birth to help other families cope with the many emotions of losing a baby.

Meyers works in the intensive care unit (ICU) where she's known as a patient advocate. She connects with patients' families, often staying in touch long after their loved ones are better. She's a role model to nursing students and co-workers.

Wilson is an ICU charge nurse who champions organ donation and has helped AMH earn national and local recognition for its organ procurement efforts. She is seen as a leader who can handle tough issues. Physicians respect and listen to her judgment.

In addition to Arlington Memorial Hospital, nurses at 10 other Texas Health Resources (THR) facilities were named to the “Great 100” list: Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Harris Methodist HEB Hospital, Harris Methodist Northwest Hospital, Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital, Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital of Allen, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. A total of 34 THR nurses are named to the “Great 100” list for 2006 – more than twice as many nurses as any other Metroplex hospital system.

“We are very proud to have three of our own named to the Texas Nurses Association Great 100 list,” said Donna Bertram, vice president and chief nursing officer at AMH. “Their work and service exemplify their passion for going the extra mile to help improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.”

The nurses will be honored by the Texas Nurses Association and the Dallas-Fort Worth Nurse Executives at a gala May 15 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

About Arlington Memorial Hospital
Arlington Memorial Hospital is an acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities. Services include: comprehensive cardiac care, women's and children's services, an advanced imaging center, extensive rehabilitation services, emergency services, health maintenance and disease prevention classes, support groups and community service programs. For more information about Arlington Memorial Hospital, visit www.arlingtonmemorial.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes Arlington Memorial Hospital, Harris Methodist Hospitals and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.