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Texas Children’s Hospital Names 20-Year Nurse Leader Shannon McCord

 as Director of Patient Care Services at New West Campus

Shannon McCord, director of patient care services at the new Texas Childrens Hospital-West Campus

May 4, 2010 – Katy. Texas – Texas Children’s Hospital recently named Shannon McCord as director of patient care services at the new West Campus, its first community hospital currently under construction at Interstate 10 and Barker Cypress Road. In this role, she will plan and direct patient care services including nursing operations, administration, education and training for West Campus outpatient and inpatient facilities.

McCord has more than 25 years of pediatric nursing experience and is approaching her 20th year at Texas Children’s Hospital. A board certified pediatric nurse practitioner, her experience encompasses both hospital and private practice settings including the positions of clinical staff nurse, educator, clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner. She has served as assistant director of wound, ostomy and continence, which involves the care of patients with acute and chronic wounds as well as patients who have bowel or bladder conditions.  Most recently she served as the assistant director for women’s services, overseeing clinical operations for the Baylor obstetrics and gynecology clinics. While in this role she also continued her nursing practice, seeing pediatric patients at the hospital and outpatient clinic settings.

Through the varied nursing experiences that McCord has sought during her career, she brings a broad spectrum of skills and experience to her new West Campus position.

Research has also been an ongoing part of McCord’s career. Currently she is studying negative wound pressure in infants and children with co-director of the Texas Children’s Fetal Center and fetal surgeon, Oluyinka Olutoye, M.D., through a Clinical Grant Research Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Among her professional honors, McCord has received recognition for “Outstanding Performance in Nursing” from the Texas Nurses Association. A frequent speaker and author, she has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on various pediatric nursing topics.

McCord received a master’s of science in nursing as a clinical nurse specialist in maternal child nursing from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas and a post-graduate degree in the pediatric nurse practitioner program from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She has participated in several other educational programs including the wound, ostomy, continence nurse education program at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business medical and healthcare management program, as well as the nursing research scholars and the evidence based practice and research programs at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Designed, equipped and staffed exclusively to treat children, West Campus will incorporate the best practices in pediatric treatment environments and provide the special accommodations that families need in a children’s medical facility. The 220,809-square-foot outpatient facility is scheduled to open in late 2010, offering a comprehensive array of pediatric specialty services. The inpatient facility and emergency center, opening in spring 2011, will include a pediatric emergency room, surgical suites, 48 intermediate and acute-care patient beds, advanced imaging services including MRI and CT scans, and a neurophysiology sleep laboratory inside the 294,198-square-foot hospital.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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