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Texas Health Plano Welcomes New Associate Chief Nursing Officer

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is pleased to announce Kristin Whitehead, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., NE-BC, has been named associate chief nursing officer (ACNO).

Kristin Whitehead
Kristin Whitehead

Whitehead has worked with Texas Health Plano for more than 10 years, serving in key leadership positions, most recently as director of emergency and critical care services. Her primary goals will be to improve patient flow and experience for the entire hospital.

“Kristin is a highly trained clinician who focuses on patient care, outcomes and satisfaction,” Raymond Kelly, R.N., M.S.N., chief nursing officer at Texas Health Plano, said. “With more than 20 years of experience, 10 of those at Texas Health Plano, Kristin will help guide our clinical team to an even higher level of patient care.”

During her tenure, she has helped Texas Health Plano achieve local, state and national awards and recognitions, including the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) in 2008 and the prestigious Magnet® re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2012.

Whitehead was also instrumental in developing the DART (Discharge, Admission, Resource and Transport) team, which has been nationally recognized for best practices around admissions, medication reconciliation and patient flow. She developed the trauma service line, culminating in an Advanced Level III Trauma Center designation in 2012.

With more than 20 years of experience, Whitehead holds an emergency medical technician certification from Collin County Community College, a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, and master's degrees in nursing management and business administration from the University of Phoenix. She plans to pursue a doctorate of nursing practice in executive leadership from Texas Christian University.

Whitehead was named a Great 100 Nurse in 2010 and successfully completed the inaugural Texas Health Executive Nurse Residency program in 2012.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 366-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,300 physicians on the medical staff. 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 systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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