Three Texas Health Cleburne Nurses Named to 2010 'Great 100' List

Laurie Ratliff
Laurie Ratliff

CLEBURNE, Texas — The annual list of the Metroplex’s best nurses is out, and three nurses from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne find themselves honored among the best in their profession. Nettie Davis-Geistweidt, R.N., B.S.N., LaDonna McKee, R.N., B.S.N., and Laurie Ratliff, R.N., B.S.N., were named to the “Great 100 Nurses” list. The listing is an annual award that recognizes the best of the best in the nursing profession in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“This is a great honor,” said Ratliff. “I feel so grateful to my patients for allowing me to be such an intimate part of their health care team. It’s hard to call what I do a job; it’s a life gift. I am blessed to be called ‘nurse.’”

Together, the three nurses have 63 years of care-giving experience between them. Davis-Geistweidt, an emergency room charge nurse, started her hospital career as a secretary before obtaining her nursing degree. McKee has long been the “go to” nurse in the operating room and was recently promoted to operating room supervisor. Ratliff is an obstetrics charge nurse who acts as a patient advocate and mentors student nurses.

LaDonna McKee
LaDonna McKee

“The Great 100 Nurses are the best of the best, and we’re honored to have three of these superstars at Texas Health Cleburne,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, hospital president. “Nettie, LaDonna and Laurie have set an example of excellence that is made up of hard work and dedication for each patient, each day.”

The Texas Nurses Association and the Dallas/Fort Worth Nurse Executives annually sponsor the “Great 100 Nurses,” which honors registered nurses in the D-FW 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 all, Texas Health nurses won 35 of the 100 spots on the coveted list, accounting for more than one-third of the top nurses in the Metroplex — 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, FACHE, 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.”

Nettie Davis-Geistweidt
Nettie Davis-Geistweidt

“I am honored,” said Davis-Geistweidt. “You like to know that people see that you love what you do and that you love taking care of patients. This is the most awesome award I could receive.”

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 Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. 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