Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has named Debra K. Grant, BSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, as its CNO effective March 30. A dedicated healthcare executive with 24 years of acute care experience, Grant served as CNO for Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in California since 2009, according to a news release. Her previous position was as the associate director of nursing at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, Calif.
As CNO, Grant oversees the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of the hospital’s nursing services. She shares hospital leadership responsibilities with President Deborah Paganelli and CMO Susann Land, MD.
“Debra is a wonderful addition to the leadership team at Texas Health HEB,” Land said in the release. “She brings a wealth of nursing and leadership experience to her role.”
She was awarded the 2014 Avatar Gold Innovation Award for best practices in improving patient satisfaction and honored as a 2013 Nurse.com GEM regional finalist for advancing and leading the profession.
“Debra is a proven leader with a rich background of clinical experience, both at the bedside and as a nurse executive,” Joan S. Clark, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nursing executive of Texas Health Resources said in the release. “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.”
Grant started her nursing career as a care flight paramedic in 1987 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, where she also served as an emergency charge nurse, strategic management data analyst and house supervisor. In 1997, she transferred to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, where she served as director of emergency services and director of nursing before moving to California in 2003. She obtained her BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from LeTourneau University in Dallas.