Melissa Winter Named Chief Nursing Officer at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney

Melissa Winter, RN, MSN, will join the leadership team at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney as chief nursing officer/chief operating officer, in summer 2011. She will join Baylor McKinney president Scott Peek and chief financial officer Steve Roussel as the third member of the hospital's leadership team. The $205 million, 467,170-square-foot hospital at the northwest corner of State Highway 380 and Lake Forest Drive, will open in July 2012.

"Melissa is an outstanding addition to Baylor McKinney's leadership team," says Peek. "Her energy and passion for patient care outcomes are an excellent foundation on which to build a new hospital." Winter currently is chief nursing officer of 116- bed THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano (THHBP), where she has served since that hospital opened in January 2007.

In 2010, The Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council named Winter "Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. " Also in 2010, THHBP earned a national Summit Award for sustained excellence in patient satisfaction, an achievement in which Winter played a key role.

While at THHBP, Winter initiated that hospital's Magnet journey, leading the hospital-wide effort to secure the Pathways to Excellence designation and later leading preparations for a successful Magnet visit. Magnet status is an award given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing.

"Melissa was a vital part of the opening of THHBP and helped shape that culture in ways that have yielded superb clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. She is patient focused and excited about the challenge ahead," continues Peek.

In her nursing career, Winter has overseen acute care at Lubbock Heart Hospital and a critical care unit at Lubbock's Covenant Hospital. In August 2011 she will begin work on a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Pittsburgh.

"Melissa is a wonderful example of the nurse leader at Baylor Health Care System. Under her leadership at THHBP, the hospital had a 95 percent nursing retention rate. In addition to her management skills, she has published articles in national nursing journals, taught at the college-level, and served on committees inside and outside of Baylor," says Rosemary Luquire, RN, PhD., NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Baylor Health Care System.

Baylor Medical Center at McKinney will open in July 2012 with 95 licensed beds on six floors, with a full-service emergency department. Hospital services will include obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, cardiovascular care, gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, and internal medicine. The hospital's construction allows the facility to grow to 400 licensed beds as the McKinney community grows. To learn more go to and type Baylor Medical Center at McKinney into the search request.

Susan Hall

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