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South Central Nurse in the Spotlight

Monday October 11, 2010
Donna Bertram, RN
Donna Bertram, RN
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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital — Donna Bertram, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, vice president and CNO, is among 15 area business and community leaders who will be honored at SafeHaven of Tarrant County’s annual Legacy of Women Awards luncheon Oct. 29. The award recognizes women who excel in the areas of arts, business, education, health and human services and volunteerism. Bertram has spearheaded many innovative developments, including establishing a healing arts committee to explore alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, meditation and music therapy; initiating inspirational huddles with directors and supervisors; and launching the hospital’s efforts toward gaining Magnet designation.


Carol Gregory, RN
Medical City Dallas Hospital — Carol Gregory, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, was named CNO. For the past 10 years, Gregory served as CNO and vice president of patient care at The Medical Center of Aurora (Colo.).

Baptist Health System, Houston — Susan Flores, RN, BSN, earned certified health care recruiter certification.


Elizabeth Poster, RN
The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing — Dean Elizabeth Poster, RN, has been named to the board of directors of the Menninger Clinic in Houston. Poster is the former director of nursing and research at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital and recently was president of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association.

Harrland Healthcare Consulting, LLC, Houston — President Marylyn Harris, RN, has been appointed to the Small Business Administration Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs. The committee serves as a source of advice and policy recommendations to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Harris also volunteers with The Veterans Information & Resource Project, a nonprofit organization that advocates for veterans and military families. Harris also was selected as a 2010 Silver Medalist by the Good Samaritan Foundation.


Gary Springer, RN
Visiting Nurses Association, Texas — Gary Springer, RN, extended service unit supervisor, was honored by the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice with the Mary Jo Gabbert Nursing Achievement Award, bestowed on one Texas nurse each year for distinguished service in the nursing arts.

St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington, La. — The hospital guild awarded professional education nursing scholarships of $1,000 to St. Tammany Parish Hospital future RNs Jennifer Koch, Marissa Mederos, Samantha Morales and Danielle Werner for the fall 2010 semester. Koch attends a licensed practical nurse-to-registered nurse transition program. Mederos, of Folsom, and Morales are earning their BSNs.


Marcia Harris, RN
Special Needs Offender Program, Dallas — Marcia Harris, RN, MS, FNP, is a recipient of a $4,000 Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation 2009-2010 AstraZeneca Diversity Scholarship. These scholarships provide financial support for graduate nurse practitioner education for minority students. Harris aims to help meet the needs of an ethnically diverse, underserved patient population, according to a news release. Harris volunteers her time as a tutor and also volunteers at health screenings and career day events.