Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
As Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Mary oversees operations & clinical practice for the Division of Nursing, and has responsibility for the Accreditation & Regulatory Readiness at Children’s Health/Children’s Medical Center. Her strategic portfolio includes approximately 3800 FTEs, and responsibility of the preeminent service lines including The Heart Center, and The Pauline F. Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
With over 30 years of experience as a nurse leader, she has held a variety of clinical, quality, case management, performance improvement and leadership roles across Texas in pediatric and adult health care facilities. These include both for-profit and not-for-profit institutions. She was drawn back to Children’s in 2005 and took on her current role as Sr. Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer in 2006.
Mary’s philosophy of patient care centers on the synergy between the patient, family, and the clinician. To accomplish this, all the aspects of clinical informatics are critical. Under Mary’s leadership, bedside caregivers have a plethora of clinical tools to optimize quality patient care. She is proudest of Children’s Magnet designation in 2009, and subsequent re-designation in 2013, which she considers a validation of the phenomenal care Children’s nurses provide.
Mary currently serves as a director for the North Texas Consortium of Professional Nursing Programs and Practice Partners “Team Texas” - where she enhances professional nursing education by identifying current trends in nursing and recommending innovative policies specific to the pediatric population. Mary has also received a number of accolades, including being honored by the Health Industry Council of the North Texas Region as a “Top 12 Woman in Healthcare” in 2012.
Mary has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baylor University and Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Texas Women’s University. She has Nurse Executive and Advanced-Board Certified credentials and is an active member of the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.