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Bertram Named AMH Vice President & CNO

ARLINGTON, Texas – Oscar L. Amparan, AMH president, announced the appointment of Donna Bertram, R.N., M.B.A., FAAN, to the position of vice president and chief nursing officer for Arlington Memorial Hospital (AMH). She will assume her new post September 26.

“We are excited by the breadth of experience Donna Bertram brings to Arlington Memorial,” says Amparan. Since 1992 she has served as chief operating officer/chief nursing officer at Centura Health/Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado, a multi-hospital system named to the U.S. News & World Report 2004 Top 100 Hos pitals. Previously, she served as vice president of nursing for Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare System, an organization that includes three hospitals, home care, an Alzheimer's facility and free-standing clinics. Bertram also held the post of administrator and concurrent vice president of nursing for Penrose-St. Francis System, including women's services, pediatrics, neonatology, medical-surgical, surgery, emergency and ancillaries.

Bertram is not new to Texas Health Resources or to Arlington. She spent 16 years at Harris Methodist Fort Worth, serving as vice president of nursing, director of medical-surgical nursing, director of the cardiovascular lab and as in-service educator for critical care. She lived in Arlington throughout her tenure at Harris Methodist.

In addition to extensive nursing and management experience, Bertram is scheduled to complete her doctoral degree in health care administration from Kennedy Western in December. She holds a master's in business administration from the University of Dallas and a bachelor's in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She co-authored the book Financial Management for Critical Care Nurses, winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in 1992 and has written numerous industry articles.

Throughout the years, she has been recognized as a leader in health care and in her community. Her more recent achievements include Fellow, American Academy of Nursing; Executive of the Year, IAAP and Colorado Springs Business Journal; Business Leader of the Year; Service to Mankind Award; and Boss of the Year, American Business Women's Association.

Bertram describes herself as passionate about her career. “I'd like to be a leader who can help elevate nursing to its most exemplary level. I'm eclectic: I will adapt my style to meet whatever the challenge requires. My style of management is participatory.”

The selection process for choosing AMH's new chief nursing officer included an interview panel of representative directors, board members, administration, physicians and human resources. The team interviewed several qualified candidates. “Our selection of Donna Bertram was unanimous,” says Amparan.

Bertram replaces Nancy Jones, who resigned earlier this year.

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