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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne Recognizes Nursing Staff with Quality Awards

CLEBURNE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne employees and physicians on the medical staff focus each day on providing quality care for patients. Recently, Texas Health Cleburne named nursing quality winners for 2010.

Cindy Plonien and Joan Clark
Texas Health Cleburne Chief Nurse Officer Cindy Plonien, R.N., M.S.N., (left) and Texas Health Resources Chief Nursing Executive and Senior Vice President Joan Clark, M.S.N., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, attended the awards presentation.

Each year Texas Health Cleburne solicits nominations from employees of the hospital. Employees write essays about why their colleagues are deserving of a quality award. Then, a panel of nurses at the hospital reviews the essays and selects the quality winners. The 2010 winners are:

  • Scott Powel, patient care technician
  • Regina Milam, unit secretary
  • Brandi Wells, licensed vocational nurse
  • Monika Dumas, registered nurse
  • Franci Gilliam, registered nurse

The awards were presented during Nurses Week. The hospital hosted an evening awards ceremony to recognize the contributions of nursing staff throughout the hospital.

“We are thrilled to recognize the great work that nursing staff and our hospital employees perform each day at Texas Health Cleburne,” said Cindy Plonien, R.N., M.S.N., chief nurse officer at the hospital. “It was difficult to choose winners of our quality awards this year because we had so many entries that spoke to the focus our staff has on being advocates for their patients and delivering compassionate care each day.”

Pat Bonds, the first chief nursing officer at Texas Health Cleburne, spoke to the crowd about her experience in nursing. “Most nurses spend the best years of their lives nursing,” she said. “We never really retire. It’s an honor to be known as a nurse.”

Bonds inducted the newest members of the hospital’s White Hat Society, which is a group formed six years ago to recognize retired nurses. Joining the group were Shirley Scarborough, who worked at the hospital for 32 years, and Thelma Walls, who worked at the hospital on and off for 30 years.

Texas Health Resources chief nursing executive and senior vice president Joan Clark, M.S.N., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, also called on nurses to realize the gravity of nursing’s history. “It’s a calling, not a job,” she said. “It does us well to think of the legacy of all the nurses before us.”

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

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