Texas Health HEB names new chief nurse

Texas Health HEB names new chief nurse

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford named Debra K. Grant as its chief nursing officer. A health care executive with 24 years of acute-care experience, Grant had been chief nursing officer for Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center since 2009. Previously, she was the associate director of nursing at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, Calif.

As chief nursing officer, Grant oversees the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of the HEB hospital’s nursing services. She shares hospital leadership responsibilities with President Deborah Paganelli and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Susann Land.

“Debra is a proven leader with a rich background of clinical experience, both at the bedside and as a nurse executive,” said Joan S. Clark, senior vice president and chief nursing executive of Texas Health Resources. “Nurses are the compassionate face of caregiving at Texas Health, and Debra will serve as a great role model and leader for the nurses at Texas Health HEB.”

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Grant started her nursing career as a CareFlite paramedic in 1987 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. She also worked as an emergency charge nurse, strategic management data analyst and house supervisor at the Fort Worth hospital. In 1997, she transferred to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, where she served as director of emergency services and director of nursing. She moved to California in 2003.

Grant was awarded the 2014 Avatar Gold Innovation Award for best practices in improving patient satisfaction and was the 2013 Nurse.com GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) runner-up for advancing and leading the profession.