Hospital News

Shannon Foster, director of health information management for UT Southwestern University Hospitals, was named assistant privacy officer for the hospitals in January.

Ms. Foster passed the Certification in Healthcare Privacy test administered through the American Health Information Management Association in March, a validation of her skills in this area.

She has been with the hospitals since March 2004 and has been responsible for numerous improvements in the efficiency and processing of medical records.

Advance for Nurses magazine has named Becky McCulley, vice president and chief nurse executive for University Hospitals, as its "Best Nurse Leader" in the category of program development. Ms. McCulley will be featured in the national magazine and on its Web site.

She was one of only five nurses selected nationwide as Best Nurse leaders based on ability to face challenges, make a difference in patient outcomes, interpersonal relationships and personal development, the effectiveness and efficiency of the units and overall working environment. The magazine selected one overall winner and four leaders in various categories.