29 Texas Health Resources Nurses Named to 'Great 100' List

ARLINGTON, Texas — Some might see it as a competition and, if so, the nurses at Texas Health Resources hospitals have dominated, winning 29 spots on 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.

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Oncology Nurse Sharon Overath, R.N., O.C.N., who works at the bedside treating cancer patients at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, will hear none of that.

“It’s about teamwork,” Overath says. “These nurses here challenge me and, at the same time, they are my safety net. It’s about helping each other and pushing each other to be better. Every good nurse will tell you that.”

Overath and two of the nurses on her 13-bed oncology unit were named to the list, as were nurses at hospitals across the Texas Health system. All told, Texas Health nurses nabbed 29 spots on the “Great 100 Nurses” list, accounting for almost a third of the recognized nurses in Dallas-Fort Worth — more than any other hospital or health system in the area.

“It is nothing less than a coup,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health. “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. I am proud that their work was recognized among the best in our region.”

DFW Great 100 Nurses, Inc. annually sponsors the DFW Great 100 Nurses to recognize those who exemplify excellence in the art and science of nursing. The award is unique in that honorees do not have to belong to a particular professional organization or practice in a particular clinical specialty to be recognized; any registered nurse whose place of employment is within the TNA’s districts may be nominated by their peers and then ultimately selected by the TNA’s Nurse Executive Group for the award.

The “Great 100 Nurses” will be honored by TNA Districts 3 and 4 and by the Dallas-Fort Worth Nurse Executives at the 19th annual gala on April 19th at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

Here is a list of Texas Health honorees by hospital:

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

  • Julie Winkler, R.N., B.S.N.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne

  • Jackie Laws, R.N.
  • Susie Morrison, B.S.N., R.N.-C., I.B.C.L.C.
  • Carol Olivier, R.N., B.S.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

  • Joyce Eckstein, R.N., B.S.N., I.B.C.L.C., L.C.C.E., F.A.C.C.E.
  • Glenda Kupferle, R.N., M.S.N., C.W.O.C.N.
  • Allison Snyder, R.N., M.S.N.(C), B.S.N., C.C.R.N.
  • Meg Wagner, R.N., M.L.S.
  • Catheryn Warthan, R.N.-C., B.S.N.
  • Gayle Wilkins, R.N., M.S.N.(C), O.C.N.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman

  • Faylene Walker, R.N.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

  • Kelly Ballinger, R.N., O.C.N.
  • Deborah Behan, R.N.-B.C., Ph.D.(C)
  • Beth Nolan, R.N., B.S.N., I.B.C.L.C., A.C.C.E.
  • Sharon Overath, R.N., O.C.N.
  • Anne Wainwright, R.N., O.C.N.
  • Kathy Walton, R.N., B.S.N.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

  • Chris Brooks, R.N.-C., M.S.N.
  • Jeanette Vaughan Duric, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.R.N.
  • Carol M. Jones, M.S., R.N., C.P.A.N.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth

  • Kathy Baldwin, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S., A.N.P., G.N.P., C.E.N.
  • Gail Tucker, R.N., B.S.N.
  • Diane Wickline, R.N., B.S.N.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

  • Dorothy Bartz, R.N., B.S.N.
  • Susan Courtois, R.N., B.S.N.
  • Marcie Walters, R.N.
  • Debra Willis, B.S., R.N.-B.C.
  • Mary Jane Winkenhofer, R.N., B.S.N.
  • Kathy Wright, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N.

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 www.TexasHealth.org.