OU Health Nurses Among State's 100 Greatest

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Great 100 Nurses Foundation recently released its list of exceptional nursing professionals across the state. For the second consecutive year, OU Health dominated, besting the number of 2018 honorees, with 36 registered nurses named.

Established more than 30 years ago, the foundation has honored thousands of nurses across the south-central United States. Nominees are considered for recognition based on their demonstrations of concern for humanity, contributions to the profession and abilities shown in leadership and mentorship.

“Nursing, perhaps like no other role in healthcare, has the capacity to touch and change lives in profound ways. OU Health promotes a culture where nursing professionals can excel. It is this culture of excellence that ensures high-quality patient care and improves outcomes,” said Cathy Pierce,MS, RNC, CENP,chief nurse executive, OU Health. “OU Health is justifiably proud of its nursing professionals, but it is especially thrilling to congratulate those recognized by the Great 100 Foundation.”

Registered nurses honored are OU Health employees who work at OU Medical Center, OU Medical Center Edmond and The Children’s Hospital, and OU College of Medicine Department of Neurology. They are: Jessica Ashworth; Bryan Barnett; Kristi Booker; Debora Brill; Kimberly Buskirk; Shari Cathcart; Juliane Chainakul; Terry Cox; Molly Delaney; Tonia Downing; Katherine Epsy; Safia Franks; Traci Gibson; Tammy Grammer; Paula Gullion; Rachel Holle; Susan Horton; Allison Jakus; Margaret Jones; Larissa Knippers; Deborah Koppel; Bejoy Kurian; Melinda Laird; Christopher Mumford; Janice Newton; Deborah Parris; Bonnie Renfro; Alice Roy; Sharon Sisson; Stephanie Smith; Ashley Smotone; Sheryl Stewart; Jenna Taylor; Mildred Twun; Tamara Walker; and Bart Wells.

Honorees will be celebrated at the annual Great 100 Oklahoma Nurses event to be held in Tulsa on Sept. 23.



OU Health — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Health is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Health serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Health’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com.