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Leadership Team 

Nurse Leaders

Defining the Future of Nursing

Nursing leadership is strong at Baylor and becoming stronger. Dr. Rosemary Luquire, FAAN, NEA-BC, was appointed chief nursing officer (CNO) and senior vice president of Baylor Health Care System in 2007. She came to us from a renowned medical center where she was CNO, chief quality officer and Magnet commissioner for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her arrival marked the beginning of a new era of nursing at Baylor. 

Our nurse executives are a diverse, experienced and talented group of leaders. Together, our CNOs and four system nursing vice presidents have more than 400 years of nursing experience and more than 150 years of administrative experience. Nearly 120 of their administrative years are with Baylor. 

Here’s a look at the nurses who are leading the charge to define the future of nursing:

Name Title Location
Rosemary Luquire, RN, PhD, FAAN, NEA-BC Chief Nursing Officer

Baylor Health Care System

Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE President/Chief Nursing Officer

Baylor Heart & Vascular Hospital

Barbara Vaughn, RN, MSN, RN-BC Chief Nursing Officer

Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton

Jane Cook, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Baylor Medical Center at Garland

Elizabeth Houser, BSN, MSN, PhD Chief Nursing Officer

Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine

Brenda Blain, DNP, RN, BC, FACHE Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Baylor Medical Center at Irving

Cindy Murray, RN, MBA, MHA, CNOR Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie

Alice Kern-Kirby Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano

Claudia S. Wilder, DNP, RN, MSN, NEA-BC Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Baylor University Medical Center

Susan Moats, RN, BSN, MBA Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano

Kelli Terpstra, RN, MSN Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer

Our Children's House at Baylor and Baylor Specialty Hospital

Ellen Pitcher, RN, MBA, MSN, NEA-BC, FACHE Chief Nursing Officer Baylor All Saints Medical Center
Melissa Winter, RN, MSN, NEA-BC Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer Baylor Medical Center at McKinney

These system leaders champion the initiatives that are standardizing the best evidence-based practices in nursing, education, research and workforce leadership and development:

Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-C

Dr. Bradley was promoted to vice president of nursing professional development in May 2007 after directing the Center for Nursing Education and Research at Baylor Dallas for two and a half years. In this new role, Dr. Bradley is responsible for standardizing best, evidence-based practices in the on boarding of new nursing employees, including orientation, specialty internships, competency assessment, preceptor support and the use of effective technology to enhance education and training across the system. In 2010, Bradley received the Belinda E. Puetz Award from the National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO) for her leadership, advocacy for nursing, passion for excellence and growth, and her dedication to education and her willingness to mentor others.

Gary Hamrick, RN, MS, CNAA, CPHQ

Gary Hamrick has been with the Baylor Healthcare System for more than 20 years.  He currently serves as Corporate Vice President Nursing Operations. Prior to this role, Hamrick served in the combined role of Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Baylor Medical Center at Irving. Hamrick served as a member of the senior executive team, representing nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, quality, and medical staff services. In 2005 Hamrick was recognized by the Dallas/Ft Worth Hospital Council and TNA District 4 as one of the Great 100 Nurses.   

Remy Tolentino, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Tolentino was appointed vice president of nursing workforce and leadership development in January 2008 after serving as CNO at Baylor Dallas for eight years. In this new role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the Baylor System Nursing Leadership Academy, supporting leadership development and succession planning. She also oversees nursing workforce strategy in collaboration with human resources, partnerships with the schools of nursing, Magnet standards and processes and shared governance.