Two Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen Named to 2010 'Great 100' List

ALLEN, Texas — The annual list of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s best nurses is out, and two nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen have been named among the best in their profession. Kathy Ford, R.N. and Denise Pisoni, R.N., were named to the “Great 100 Nurses” list, an annual award honoring the best of the best in the nursing profession in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“The award validates what I have strived to achieve throughout my career, which is to give excellent care and be a strong patient advocate,” said Ford. “It also recognizes the great team of nurses at Texas Health Allen and throughout Texas Health Resources.”

A staff nurse in Day Surgery with 30 years experience, Ford is known for her strong work ethic and compassionate care. She is a strong patient advocate who is active in community service.

Pisoni is a medical/surgical nurse who has served as a U.S. Air Force flight nurse during her 21-year career. She helped her department revise responsibilities so patients were allotted more time with their attending nurse.

“The Great 100 Nurses are the best of the best, and we’re honored to have two of these superstars at Texas Health Allen,” said Sheila McKinney, hospital president. “Kathy and Denise set an example of excellence that is made up of hard work and dedication for every patient, every day.”

The Texas Nurses Association and the Dallas/Fort Worth Nurse Executives annually sponsor the “Great 100 Nurses,” which honors registered nurses in the DFW area who exemplify excellence in the art and science of nursing. Nurses are nominated by their peers, and may only be named to the list once in their career.

In total, Texas Health nurses won 35 of the 100 spots on the coveted list, accounting for more than one-third of the top nurses in Dallas-Fort Worth – more than any other hospital or health system in the area.

“Texas Health nurses are the compassionate face of health care to our patients,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health. “I’m thrilled to see so many of our star caregivers recognized for setting the standard of excellence in their vital profession.”

“It is very humbling,” said Pisoni. “I have always loved caring for patients and their families. I’m honored to represent my entire unit in receiving this award.”

The “Great 100 Nurses” will be honored by the Texas Nurses Association, Districts 3 and 4, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Nurse Executives at the 20th annual gala on April 14 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 62-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 425 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL 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. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit