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Nursing Leadership

Joan Clark, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president/chief nursing executive for Texas Health Resources, leads nursing throughout the system. At the hospital level, chief nursing officers serve in a “triad” model of leadership, sharing leadership with hospital presidents and chief medical officers. This unique model provides increased Nursing influence and accountability at the hospitals. Each member of the triad is an equal peer having defined areas of responsibility and accountability.

Learn more about Texas Health’s impressive nurse leaders:

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

Lori Donovan
Lori Donovan

Lori Donovan, R.N., M.S.N., CNOR, NEA-BC, is chief nurse officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. She is responsible for the strategic, operational, clinical, and financial performance of the hospital's nursing services.

Donovan was named the hospital's administrative director of surgical services in 2006, and played an instrumental role in the opening of the Vandergriff Surgical Tower and Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington, a physician-led specialty hospital on the campus of Texas Health Arlington Memorial. Before that, she served as a surgical services nurse manager at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

Donovan earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Wis., in 1986 and a master's degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2006. She is a member of The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, the Texas Nursing Association and the Texas Council of periOperative Registered Nurses. She was recognized as a "Great 100 Nurse" by the Texas Nurses Association in 2005. She is passionate about health and wellness and competes in Ironman Triathlons in her spare time.

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Texas Health Central Staffing

Rosemarie Aznavorian
Rosemarie Aznavorian

Rosemarie Aznavorian, M.S.N., R.N., C.C.W.P., C.C.R.N.-A., is chief nursing officer at Texas Health Central Staffing. She is responsible for the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of Texas Health Resources’ systemwide supplemental staffing workforce for nursing, allied, administrative and IT.

Aznavorian joined Texas Health in 2009 as president and chief nursing officer of Texas Health Single Source Staffing, the Texas Health joint venture for provision of supplemental nursing and allied staffing. She served as a board member on the THSS Board of Managers. With the financial performance and value brought to the enterprise, the THSS joint venture was brought in-house as a wholly owned entity.

Prior to joining Texas Health, Aznavorian held leadership positions in the health care staffing industry, providing nursing, allied, physician locums and administrative staff. Her division consistently exceeded revenues of $30 million with successful turnarounds of less profitable branches. She has won numerous staffing partnership awards and has been a presenter and published on both staffing and clinical topics.

Clinically, Aznavorian has held leadership positions in both the adult and pediatric arenas. As director of Pediatric Intensive Care Services at Miami Children’s Hospital, she oversaw the opening of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and was on the team for the Cardiac Transplant Program that was awarded UNOS designation. She served as clinical educator for Adult, Neonatal and Pediatric Cardiac ICUs and Cardiac Transplants at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and in leadership positions for the Adult Cardiac Service product ines at Broward Health and Tenet South Florida facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Aznavorian earned her associate degree in nursing from Broward Community College, and bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing administration from Barry University in Miami. She is one of the first nationally recognized to earn the highly regarded Staffing Industry Analysts Board Certification as a contingent workforce professional. Aznavorian has held her CCRN certification for more than 30 years.

She is a member of Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives and Staffing Industry Analysts.  Aznavorian has a daughter who earned her PsyD Degree and is a clinical psychologist in private practice.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance

Kendra Slatton
Kendra Slatton

Kendra Slatton, R.N., M.S.N., C.D.E., was named chief nursing officer for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance in July 2012. Slatton has more than 22 years of progressive management and nursing leadership experience in acute care hospital settings. Slatton oversees the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of nursing services for Texas Health Alliance.

Slatton served as the chief nursing officer for East Texas Medical Center Athens in Athens, Texas, for two years. She was the chief nursing officer for Permian Regional Medical Center in Andrews, Texas, from September 2001 until August 2010. At Permian Regional she served as a key facilitator in designing and implementing the nurse documentation system, order entry and electronic medication administration records with bedside medication verification. Slatton also helped lead the effort for electronic medical record adoption. She also worked at Hendrick Health System in Abilene, Texas, as director of education from 1995 until 2001, staff development coordinator from 1994 to 1995, and staff nurse from 1989 until 1994.

Slatton earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and a master's degree in nursing from Abilene Christian University. She is a part-time instructor for the University of Phoenix’s online leadership classes for B.S.N., M.S.N. and M.H.A. programs. She has served as a part-time diabetes educator for Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services — Division for Blind Services and Hendrick Health System.

She is a board member of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and a member of the Texas Board of Nursing Advisory Committee on Education.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle

Valarie Gilbert
Valarie Gilbert

Valarie Gilbert, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N./Ed., is the chief nursing officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle. In this role, Gilbert is responsible for the strategic, operational and financial performance of all nursing departments for the hospital. 

Gilbert has been with the hospital since 1999. Under her leadership, the hospital was designated a Level IV Trauma Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center, Cycle III. The hospital has been awarded many excellence awards from Premier, Texas Medical Foundation and The Joint Commission.

Gilbert has been part of the Texas Health Resources’ family since 1978 when she joined Harris Hospital (known today as Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth) as a registered nurse. She achieved numerous career advancements at the hospital and went on to serve in a variety of roles at entities throughout Texas Health. 

Gilbert earned a bachelor’s of science in nursing from West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas, and her master’s in nursing at the University of Phoenix. Gilbert was recognized as a 2012 “Great 100 Nurse” by DFW Great 100 Nurses Incorporated. 

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne

Lorrie Normand, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A.
Lorrie Normand

Lorrie Normand, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A., began her role as chief nursing officer at Texas Health Clebune in May 2012.

She came to the hospital with 20 years of nursing leadership experience. Normand previously served as vice president of quality management and interim chief nursing officer for Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth.

She has also served as chief nursing officer for Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, a master’s in health care administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice.

 

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Elaine Nelson, R.N., M.S.N.
Elaine Nelson

Elaine Nelson, R.N., M.S.N., CCRN, NEA-BC, serves as the chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Texas Health Fort Worth. Prior to assuming chief nursing officer responsibilities on an interim basis in March 2011, she had served as the hospital's director of restorative services since 2004.

As chief nursing officer, Nelson oversees the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of the hospital's nursing services. She brings more than 20 years of nursing leadership to the CNO position.

Prior to joining Texas Health Fort Worth, Nelson worked at Baylor Health Care System in a variety of positions. She began as a staff nurse in the medical surgical intensive care unit at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, became nurse manager of the intensive care unit and later nurse manager of a vascular surgery and cardiac telemetry unit. She also served as the director of nursing and vice president at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie.

A native of Canada, Nelson started her nursing career in Edmonton, Alberta, in medical-surgical and cardiovascular services. Throughout her career she has developed a passion for critical care and assisting patients and their families with extremely stressful situations.

Nelson received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Manitoba in Canada and a master's in nursing from Baylor University. She holds certifications as a critical care registered nurse and board-certified advanced nurse executive.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Lucy Norris
Lucy Norris

Lucy Norris, R.N., M.S., is the vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

In this role, Norris is responsible for the nursing strategic plan, nursing workforce development and management, budgeting and financial performance of departments, continuous performance improvement, customer satisfaction, and professional development. She has been with Texas Health HEB since 2007 and under her leadership, the hospital has earned recogniation as a Primary Stroke Center, received the prestigious "Baby-Friendly Hospital" designation and implemented an electronic health record.

Norris has been named Texas Nurses Association District 9 Nurse of the Year and Texas Nurses Association District 3 Member of the Year. She has been a leader at the local and state levels for a number of nursing organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Nurses Association.

Prior to joining Texas Health, Norris was the principal of Norris FSG Inc., providing interim services as a chief nursing officer or other high level nursing leadership positions in acute care settings. Norris earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of science from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth

Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, Ph.D., R.N., is the vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer  at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. In this role, Robinson is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of policies, procedures, and standards of care and practice that provide direction for the delivery of patient care at the hospital. Robinson has been with Texas Health Southwest in this role since 2007; she has served in the Texas Health Resources' system for more than 25 years. Under her leadership at Texas Health Southwest, the hospital is piloting the role of Clinical Nurse Leader ®and a digital mammography program was implemented.

Robinson has received the National Nursing Staff Development Organization Excellence in Administration Award, Lucy Harris Linn Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named a Distinguished Alumni for the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing. Robinson is a Magnet Appraiser with the American Nurse Credentialing Center and has served as the chair of the Texas Nurses Association's Staffing Effectiveness Committee.

Prior to joining Texas Health Southwest, Robinson served as the director of Professional Practice and Education/regional director of Clinical Education for Texas Health. She also served as the Magnet project director at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Robinson received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas, and earned her master's of science and Ph.D. in nursing from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville

Cindy McCarthy
Cindy McCarthy

Cindy McCarthy, D.N.P., M.B.A., M.H.A., B.S.N., C.E.N., is the chief nursing officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville. In this role, McCarthy is responsible for the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of the hospital’s nursing services.

She joined Texas Health Stephenville as interim CNO in May 2011 and was named to the job permanently eight weeks later.

In recent years, McCarthy has served in several interim nursing leadership roles in various hospitals around the country, ranging from community hospitals to large academic medical centers.

She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and American Organization of Nurse Executives. Under her leadership, Texas Health Stephenville received their Pathway to Excellence designation and Chest Pain Center accreditation.

McCarthy and her husband, John, have a daughter, son and daughter-in-law.

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Texas Health Physicians Group

Catherine Hill
Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., G.N.P.-B.C., is chief nursing officer for Texas Health Physicians Group. Under her leadership, Texas Health has developed 25 nationally recognized medical homes. Hill has also facilitated 73 of 99 North Texas national physician recognitions for excellence in diabetes care.

Prior to joining Texas Health Physicians Group in 2009, Hill served as the clinical services manager for Evercare’s (United Healthcare) nurse practitioners. She served as a nurse practitioner for a number of years before joining United.

In addition, Hill has served in a number of professional teaching roles, including most recently on the adjunct faculty for Texas Woman’s University. She has published a number of journal articles and has made podium and poster presentations at numerous national meetings.

Hill received her associates degree in nursing from Hillsborough Community College and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in management from National-Lewis University. She completed a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Florida and earned her doctorate in nursing from Texas Woman’s University.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen

Christy Escandon
Christy Escandon

Christy Escandon, R.N., MBA, CENP, serves as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen’s chief nursing officer (CNO).

Escandon joined Texas Health Resources in 2013 from Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas, where she served as the vice president of Operations.

While at Medical City, she was responsible for oversight of the 156-bed tertiary/quaternary referral children's hospital, as well as 68 Women's Services beds. One of Escandon's greatest accomplishments while at Medical City was opening the new $12.5 million Children's Tower in June 2010, which added 34 critical care beds, a state-of-the-art Congenital Heart Surgery Unit, and helped streamline Pediatric Outpatient Services.

Prior to Medical City, Esandon held several key leadership positions for health systems in south and west Texas, including Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen; Edinburg Children's Hospital/Edinburg Regional Medical Center in Edinburg; and St. Mary of the Plains/Covenant Health System in Lubbock.

Escandon holds an associate degree in nursing from South Plains College, a bachelor's degree in nursing from West Texas A&M University and master's degree in business administration from West Texas A&M University. She is a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (NTONE).

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Cole Edmonson, R.N.
Cole Edmonson

Dr. Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., F.A.C.H.E., N.E.A.-B.C., a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, is vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic, operational, quality, service excellence and financial performance of the hospital as a member of the entity triad.

Edmonson has more than 20 years of health care experience, with a proven track record for improving nursing engagement, physician satisfaction with nursing, patient satisfaction and overall quality of patient care.

Prior to his appointment at Texas Health Dallas in June 2010, Edmonson served as the chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing at Medical City Dallas. His responsibilities there included direct management of seven service lines, including heart, cancer, surgery, orthopedics and neurosciences, and clinical responsibility for women and children's services. As the facility's Magnet program coordinator, he successfully led Medical City to become the first hospital in North Texas recognized as a Magnet facility. Under his leadership, the hospital was also the first in North Texas to be re-designated a Magnet facility.

Edmonson is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves as the president elect for the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and the vice president of the DFW Great 100 Nurses Inc. He is also an active member of the Texas Nurse Association and the American Nurses Association.

Edmonson has published numerous articles and speaks nationally on such topics as evidence-based nursing, coalition building, developing front-line leaders, moral courage in nursing leaders, preventing nurse bullying,  balancing the interest of hospitals and researchers, and customer service in health care. Past recognitions include being named a Great 100 nurse, receiving the Texas Nurses Association District 4 Nurse of the Year, Nursing Management Magazine's Visionary Leader Award, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives Excellence in Leadership Award and Nurses Week Nursing Excellence Award for Advancing/Leading the Profession. Edmonson was a D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Leadership Finalist and Winner. 

He has a bachelor of science degree in nursing and master of science degree in nursing from the Oklahoma University College of Nursing. He received his doctor of nursing practice degree from Texas Christian University.

Edmonson is an adjunct faculty instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman's University. He is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. He is a member of the Texas Team Executive Committee and leads the Texas Team Practice Team for advancing the IOM Future of Nursing Report in Texas.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Deborah Bostic

Deborah Bostic, R.N., M.S.N., was named vice president/chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton in October 2011.

She joined Texas Health Resources after serving 10 years in various nursing and operations executive roles at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla.

As vice president/chief nursing officer, Bostic is responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the nursing department.

Bostic is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, where she received bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing. She is currently pursuing a master's in business adminstration through American Sentinel University.

 

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman

Denise Claussen

Denise Claussen, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., is the chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman. She is responsible for the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of the hospital’s nursing services.

Claussen has more than 30 years of experience, the past 20 in hospital leadership roles. 

She came to Texas Health Resources from Children’s Medical Center of Dallas where she served as the senior director of Peri Operative Nursing in partnership with the chief of surgery and the chief of anesthesia.

Claussen came to Texas from Louisiana, where she served as the chief nursing officer of the first surgical specialty hospital in Baton Rouge. 

Claussen received a master’s in nursing science from the University of Dubuque and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tampa.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Raymond Kelly
Raymond Kelly

Raymond Kelly, R.N., M.S.N., was named chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano in September 2011. Kelly joined the Texas Health Plano family from Baptist Hospital of Miami in Florida, where he had served as the director of nursing since 2006.

In his role, Kelly is responsible for the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of the hospital’s Nursing services. Under his leadership, Texas Health Plano was redesignated a Magnet Hospital in 2012.

Kelly became a registered nurse through his studies at Glantawe School of Nursing in Swansea, UK. He obtained his diploma in business and management studies at Ealing College in London, UK, and his master of science in nursing from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Kelly enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures; keeping fit; reading; and watching documentary programs.

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Texas Health Specialty Hospital

Louise Baldwin
Louise Baldwin

Louise Baldwin, R.N., M.B.A., NEA-BC, FACHE, is president and chief nursing officer of Texas Health Specialty Hospital. In this role, Baldwin is responsible for the strategic, operational and financial performance of the hospital. Baldwin has been with Harris Methodist Hospitals since 1982. Under her leadership, Texas Health Specialty Hospital received the Pathway to ExcellenceTM hospital designation for creating a working environment where nurses can flourish from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has also established a very active unit-based council at the hospital.

Baldwin is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and the National Association of Long Term Hospitals.

 Baldwin earned her bachelor's of science in nursing from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, and her master's in business administration in Health Services Management from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

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Texas Health System Leadership

Chief Nurse Executive



Joan Clark

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Joan Clark, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, is senior vice president/chief nursing executive for Texas Health Resources. In this role, Clark serves as the senior executive overseeing the practice of nursing, and the standardization and alignment of nursing care through the implementation of evidence-based clinical and managerial standards of practice.   

Prior to joining Texas Health in March 2008, Clark served as senior vice president of nursing and patient services at the Washington Hospital Center, a 926-bed tertiary care teaching hospital and flagship of Med Star Health, in Washington, D.C. She also served in chief nursing positions for Baptist Hospital of Miami in Florida and Floyd Medical Center in Georgia.

Clark received her nursing degree from the Montefiore Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pa., and earned a bachelor of science in health care administration from St. Joseph's College in North Windham, Maine. She also earned a master's of science degree in nursing administration from the University of Florida and her doctorate of executive nursing practice from Texas Christian University. Clark is a Wharton Nurse Fellow and Magnet Appraiser with the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University.

Clark is active in supporting the nursing profession, serving as a member and leader of a number of professional organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Nurses Association.

Clark has received a number of awards for her leadership in nursing, including the Dorothy Smith Nursing Leadership Award from the University of Florida College of Nursing; Florida Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Leadership Award;  the Service Award from the Florida League for Nursing; and the CNL Visionary Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Clark has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as the American Academy of Nursing. She was named a 2011 Great 100 Nurse for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Clark has given numerous presentations nationwide on a variety of nursing topics and has been interviewed for and published articles in a number of nursing publications.

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Vice President for Professional Practice, Research and Magnet, Nursing Operations

Paula Spears
Paula Spears

Paula Spears, DNSc, R.N., NEA-BC, has been with Texas Health Resources since January 2012.

Before joining Texas Health, Spears was executive director and CEO at the Nursing Institute of the Mid-South in Memphis, Tenn. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Council of Healthcare Executives and the American Nurses Association.

Spears received a doctorate in nursing science in 2002 and a master of science in nursing in 1984, both from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. She also holds a bachelor's degree in nursing is from the University of Memphis.

Spears is married and has two sons. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and exercising.

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