Presbyterian Hospital of Plano Nurse/Educator Named Finalist in Nursing Excellence Awards

PLANO, Texas — Patti Allard, R.N., Ph.D., director of education and research at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, recently was named a finalist in the NurseWeek 2008 Nursing Excellence Awards for the South Central region. Allard was named a finalist in the “Mentoring” category, for RNs who provide “positive professional influence, guidance and support of other nurses” and have “cultivated relationships that foster the development of their nurse colleagues.”

“I was excited and honored to be named a finalist,” Allard said. “Relationships and collaboration are primary on my ‘things that matter most’ list. I was particularly thrilled that the person who won the award was a staff nurse, as that position truly supports the professional image of nursing.”

Allard has been with Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (PHP) since 1993 and in the nursing field for 32 years. She received the award last month at a ceremony in Houston.

“Perhaps the most notable characteristic of this nurse is her ‘can-do’ attitude,” wrote Linda Van Pelt, director of PHP’s Emergency Department/ICU, in Allard’s nomination letter. “No matter how busy she may be or how many balls she has in the air, if she is asked for assistance, she will find a way to accommodate the needs of the person making the request. As the director of education for our facility, she is a role model to new nurses, both young and old, seeking advanced degrees.

“Her experience as a marriage and family counselor has allowed Patti to develop exemplary listening skills,” Van Pelt continued. “Those skills, coupled with her approachable manner, make her a resource for staff seeking advice on professional as well as personal matters.”

Allard worked as an LVN while studying to become an RN. She earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration in 1986, followed by a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling in 1998. This year, she received a doctorate in marriage and family counseling from Texas Woman’s University. In addition to serving at PHP, Allard operates a private counseling practice, providing medical, marital and family therapy for adults, adolescents, children and families.

“We are grateful to Patti Allard for the significant contributions she has made in the lives of both our patients and her peers, as well as throughout our hospital and community,” said PHP President Philip M. Wentworth. “She served in a pivotal leadership role last year, successfully helping guide our organization in its journey toward Magnet status. Her devotion and enthusiasm were apparent and contagious. She also was an integral part of the team that helped PHP achieve the Texas Award for Performance Excellence earlier this year.”

About Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (PHP)
Established in 1991, Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, soon to be Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, is a recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to patients. Key services offered include orthopedics, cardiovascular, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. The 370-bed facility has more than 1,600 employees and a medical staff of 1,200 physicians. For more information about PHP, 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’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit