Excellence
In Nursing
Awards

About the Excellence in Nursing Awards

There are jobs, and then there are callings. Some people are just born with the gift of caregiving, and through their gifts, they make our city a better place to live. The 2020 Excellence in Nursing awards is your opportunity to publicly recognize a nurse you see healing North Texas with skill and spirit.

Medical professionals and patients alike are invited to nominate registered nurses for the awards.

Winners will be featured in the March 2020 issue of D Magazine.

Nominations for the 2020 program close October 10th, 2019.

2019 Winners

Education/Research

Juan Bahena
Nurse Educator
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Jill Benns
Director of Clinical Education
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Barbara Crim
Clinical Educator, Surgical Services
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Calli Davis
Manager, Clinical Education & Professional Development
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Rebecca Deisler
Clinical Nurse Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Linda Denke
Director of Nursing Research
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Amy Gloger
Burn Unit Nurse Educator
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Erika Grimes
Manager, Clinical Education
Children’s Health

Marygrace Hernandez-Leveille
Asst. Director of Advanced Practice Providers
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Penny Huddleston
Nurse Scientist and Magnet Coordinator
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Irving

Allison Huffman
Asst. Professor, FNP & DNP Programs
Texas Woman’s University

Allen Kirby
Manager, Clinical Education & Professional Practice
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jean Lovell
Nurse Educator
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Tracy McGaw
Manager, Clinical Education and Professional Practice
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jessica McNeil
Perinatal Educator
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jessica Moreno
Clinical Research Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Leadership

Joyce Bernardo
Clinical Operations Manager
Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospital

Kimberly C. Branum
Director, Behavioral Health & Addiction Recovery
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Shelley Brown-Cleere
Director of Neurosciences
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Sharron Coffie
Asst. Director of Nursing
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Yolanda Dario
Clinical Manager
Our Children’s House

Debbie Derda
Director of Surgical Services
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Kathleen Doherty
Director of Nursing, Surgical Services
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Scott Domingue
Chief Nursing Officer, Behavioral Health Services
Texas Health Resources

Tarah Grooms
Director, Emergency Services
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Donielle Halvorsen
Clinical Excellence Manager
Texas Health Huguley

Beverly Hardy-Decuir
Exec. Director, Acute/Post Acute Services
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Judy Herrington
Vice President of Nursing
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Lori Hodge
Director, Medical &
Oncology Services
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Brandi Hopkins
Nurse Manager, Progressive Care Unit
Texas Health Huguley

Harold Magee
Nurse Manager, Children’s Services
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Cornelius Metili
RN, Intake Coordinator
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Lindy Lee Moake
Clinical Manager, Advanced Practice Services
Children’s Health

Suzanne M. Murphy
Director of Nursing for Women’s and Infant’s Services
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas

Mitch Netterville Jr.
Unit Manager
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Christi Nguyen
Exec. Director, Medical Surgical Division
John Peter Smith Health Network

Cherl Phillips
Manager, Clinical Decision Unit and Comprehensive Wound Care Clinic
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Irving

Samantha Rowley
Vice President of Nursing, Perioperative & Procedural Services
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Ryan Skyrme
Nursing Supervisor of Surgical Oncology
Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health

Emily Sneed
Director, Intermediate Care Services & Neurosciences
Medical City Healthcare

AJ Stephens
Director of Critical Care Services
Medical City Plano

Mary Stowe
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Children’s Health System of Texas/Children’s Medical Center

Toya D. White
Director, Oncology/Digestive Disease
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas

Direct Care

Stephanie Armendariz
Rheumatology Advanced Practice Provider
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

Janice Ballou
Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Jemrose Bandoy
RN Supervisor
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas

Emelita Bennett
RN, Apheresis
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Anthony Blevins
RN, Charge Nurse
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Stephanie Booker
RN III
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Leslie Brown
Certified Nurse-Midwife
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Justin Buchert
RN II,Operating Room
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Sarah Clark
BSN, RN
Our Children’s House

Jay Ebon
Registered Nurse
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Claudia Engle
Certified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Cheryl Evans
Pectus Nurse Coordinator
Children’s Health

Gary Foster
Director of Clinical Operations
The Agape Clinic

Tiffany M. Foster-Waites
Adv. Practice Provider, Palliative Care
Baylor Scott & White Supportive and Palliative Care

Sara Gray
Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Catherine Harvey
Family Support Specialist for Labor & Delivery
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Karen Hodges
Registered Nurse
Texas Health Resources Dallas

Chris Holdrich-Crooks
RN, Emergency Services
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Susan Michelle Hooks
Director of Emergency Services
Medical City Plano

Kelli Hulsman
Lactation Consultant and Childbirth Educator
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Verita Ingram
Nurse Manager, Imaging Services Nursing
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Molly Iype
Clinical Nurse, Psychiatry
Texas Health Resources

Aleasha Johns
Critical Care Educator
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Celeste Johnson
Vice President of Nursing, Behavioral Health
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Kay Jones
Clinic RN, Pulmonary Hypertension
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jorie Klein
Senior Director, Trauma, Emergency Department & UCEC
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Cathy Knapp
RN, Emergency Department/Day Surgery
Baylor Scott & White- Carrollton/McKinney

Stephanie Koepke
Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist/Chest Pain Program Coordinator
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas

Cynthia Krusinski
Nurse Supervisor
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine

Dawn Lewellen
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Francis Luna
School Nurse and Cluster Leader
Garland Independent School District

Delaney Massey
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Randall Matthew McCoy
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center-Fort Worth

Lu Ann McKee
Manager, BioTel Operations
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Mindy Michel
Nursing Operations Specialist
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Sarah Miles
Manager, Palliative Care Services and Nurse Education
VNA of Texas

Kelli Morrison
Ambulatory RN/Clinic Lead RN
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Yen Munoz
Emergency Department Nurse Supervisor
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Irving

Ellen Munsterman
Gerontology Program Coordinator
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Shivas Niduasa
Manager, Orthopedics and Joint Restoration Institute
Medical City Dallas

Joscyln Patrick
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Children’s Health

Lindsey Patton
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hematology/Oncology
Children’s Health

Kandice Perez
Clinical Faculty, Staff Nurse, Labor & Delivery
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen

Stephanie Prater
Charge Nurse, Cardiac Cath Lab, Electrophysiology, and Interventional Radiology
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Erin Prendergast
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas

Doris L. Raymond
Chief Nursing Officer, Senior Nurse Consultant/CMS Federal Nurse Surveyor
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-Region 6, Dallas/Survey and Certification Branch

Shalen Robbins
Progressive Care Nurse
Texas Health Huguley

Jennifer Rosenthal
Burn Nurse Clinician
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Patsy Short
RN II, Burn ICU
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Valerie Simcik
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Crystal Smith
Registered Nurse
Texas Health Presbyterian Plano

Joslin Swanfeldt
Operating Room Nurse Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Cheryl Thaxton
Nurse Practitioner
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Somy Thomas
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Jennifer Thompson
Manager, Vascular Access
Texas Health Huguley

Andrea Torzone
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Children’s Health

Liezy Varghese
RN, Burn ICU
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Beth Vaughn
Manager
Medical City Plano

Sharon Wacht
Clinical Supervisor
Medical City Plano

Melinda Wallace
Staff Nurse
Baylor Scott & White-Waxahachie

Marie Wilson
Infection Preventionist
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

The Excellence in Nursing Awards Event

The attendees had the opportunity to mix and mingle at the D Magazine headquarters and received an early peek into the March issue.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make nominations?

Click here to nominate.

What are the categories?

The categories are Education/Research, Leadership, and Direct Care. The panel reviews the categories each year and ensures we are not leaving out a worthy subsector.

How are winners selected?

Only nominees with a current RN license will be considered. Applications are sent to a panel of multiple esteemed leaders in healthcare (Chief Nursing Officers, nursing educators, and more) for judging. Each panelist scores each application. D Magazine compiles the scores, and the highest in each category are announced as finalists.

When will the winners be announced?

D Magazine will contact winners in December. All winners will be featured in the March 2019 issue of D Magazine.

Where can I get more information?

For program information, contact Caroline Carr. For advertising information, contact Kym Rock.

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