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American Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics History Project

  • Corporate body
  • 2008 -

The American Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics History Project is an offshoot of the nursing informatics archive started at the National Library of Medicine by Dr. Virginia Saba in 1997. The project launched in 2008 as an endeavor to document what nursing informatics means, its history and future, and people and events that shaped the discipline. There are video interviews of important figures in nursing informatics that can be viewed through the AMIA website. There is also a list of relevant articles on the AMIA website but the articles are noted to be available at the Texas Medical Center Library. The American Nursing Association recognized nursing informatics as a new specialty in 1991.

Beta Beta Houston

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

Texas Woman's University (TWU), College of Nursing began in the fall of 1954, received accreditation from the National League of Nursing in May 1958. Beta Beta Chapter was officially recognized as a chapter, by TWU, in October 1969. The inaugural inductions were held the spring of 1970. The mission of the organization is to support the learning knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. The society vision is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people. [Source: Beta Beta Houston, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. (2010). Retrieved from on November 5, 2011.]

Brady, Connie

  • Person

Connie Brady was a nursing student at the Shannon West Texas Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, in 1960-1964.

Cavagnaro, Louise

  • 1920-2010

Louise Cavagnaro joined the Atomic Bomb Causality Commission (ABCC) in 1946, and was the Commission's first American nurse. She served as Director of Nursing in Hiroshima, Japan, and established the program that trained local nurses. She also set up an Employee Health System and a pharmacy, and was involved in various other administrative activities, such as choosing equipment and supplies for Hijyama.

Before joining the ABCC, Cavagnaro had served as an operating room nurse in World War II. Afterwards she received a masters degree in Hospital Administration from Columbia University. In 1953 she began a long career as an administrator and faculty member at Johns Hopkins. She was involved in the desegregation of the hospital, as she recorded in "A History of Segregation and Desegregation at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions" (1992).

Denham, Leta Elizabeth

  • Person
  • 1895-1982

Leta Elizabeth Denham was born in 1895 in Hempstead, Waller County, Texas, and was one of sixteen children. She attended the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses in Houston, Texas, graduating from the program in 1919. The commencement ceremony was held at First Baptist Church in Houston on May 29, 1919. After graduating from nursing school Leta Denham went to China to fulfill her life-long dream of working as a missionary. She served as a medical missionary in Yingtak, China from 1921 to 1922.

Leta Denham married Marcus Jackson Scott in June 1921, and died in Langley, Washington in 1982.

Kassell, Dorothea

  • Person
  • 1906-1991

Dorothea Ellen Kassell was born in Spokane, Washington, on January 29, 1906. The family moved to Chicago before 1910 and then to Llano County before 1920. 1970 Texas State Association of Occupational Nurses Achievement Award. She graduated from St. David’s Hospital School of Nursing in Austin, Texas, in 1927; the 1940 census said she had two years of high school. She was a nurse on duty on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Buchanan Dam project near Burnet, Texas, in the mid-1930s. She worked for ARMCO Steel in Houston for 26 years, 25 as head nurse, before retiring January 29, 1971. She was in occupational nursing for “over 32” years at the time. Kassell was active at the local and state level in the American Association of Industrial Nurses (now the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses). She was treasurer of the Houston chapter for 15 years, served two terms on the Texas AIN Board of Directors, and served for awhile as the Texas AIN historian. She won the Texas State Association of Occupational Nurses Achievement Award in 1970. Kassell died on February 3, 1991, and is buried in the Kassell Cemetery in Llano County.

Marcus, Marianne T.

  • Person
  • 1932-2022

Marianne Taft Marcus, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N of the University of Texas at Houston School of Nursing served as the John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor of Addiction Nursing and Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Education and Research. In these roles she explored mindfulness and meditation as methods of reducing stress for individuals in recovery and brought together people from diverse backgrounds to support prevention at the community-level. During her time at UT she also served as Chair of the Department of Nursing Systems and Director of the Master of Nursing Education Track, among other roles.

Following her studies at Columbia University, Dr. Marcus worked as a nurse at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital. After taking time to raise her children, she began teaching nursing and added two more graduate degrees from Columbia. In 1980 she returned to Houston, enrolling in the Education doctoral program at the University of Houston and beginning her longstanding affiliation with the UT Health Science Center.

Dr. Marcus received numerous recognitions throughout her career. Just some examples: in 1994 she was elected to a Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing; in 1998 she was awarded the John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Medical Education presented by the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA); and in 2006 she was elected to the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education.

Dr. Marcus was born October 25, 1932 at Hermann Hospital in Houston. Her mother had been a nurse at Hermann, and her grandfather Gordon Avery Taft was on the Hermann Estate Board while the hospital was being built. Marianne Marcus died on January 16, 2022.

Minato, Kiyoko

  • Person
  • 1926-

Minato was a “genetics” nurse in the early years of the ABCC and Chief of Nurses for many years. She helped doctors collect information from midwives about the condition of newborns and assisted at follow-up housecalls. About 30% of newborns in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were examined by ABCC pediatricians up through 1953. She stated in a 2017 interview (she was 92 years old) that she trained in “pre-war German medicine” and found American medicine quite different.

Phillips, John Roberts

  • Person
  • 1904-1983

John Roberts Phillips was born on February 28, 1904 in Quantico, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1923 and completed his Master of Surgery at the University of Minnesota in 1931. He received a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic from 1929 to 1933. In 1929, he married Rebecca Jane Hall. In 1933, Phillips started his own surgical practice in Houston and served as the Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas and as the Assistant Professor of Surgery at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. He authored and co-authored over 124 articles published in various medical journals. Phillips retired in 1967 and died April 19, 1983.

Rebecca Jane Hall Phillips was born on December 14, 1903 in Maryland. She became a registered nurse at the University of Maryland. She served as a surgical nurse from 1927-1929 in Maryland, as a nurse at the Mayo Clinic from 1927-1932, and then starting in 1933, served as the surgical nurse, office manager, and public relations manager for her husband, John Roberts Phillips’ practice in Houston, TX.

Starck, Patricia L.

  • Person

Dean Patricia L. Starck was born in Georgia. She earned a masters’ of nursing from Emory University and a doctorate of nursing in 1979 from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University and a licensed nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist in mental health and psychiatry. She served as dean of the UT Health Science Center from 1984 to 2014 and continues to serve the UTHSCH as Vice President of Interprofessional Education.

Texas Medical Center Nursing Education Consortium

  • Corporate body
  • 1991 -

The TMC Nursing Education Consortium was organized in 1991 for the purpose of sharing ideas about staff education. It eventually developed three classes, on perinatal care, critical care, and instruction, and offered them to TMC member institutions. It met at the Doctor’s Club until that closed around 2002, and then at another building on Fannin (the reply said “Fannin and Main” but they don’t intersect) for a few more years before fading out.

Texas Nurses Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1907-

Founded in 1907 as the Graduate Nurses’ Association of the State of Texas, to seek state regulation of the education and practice of nurses. In 1909, they convinced the state legislature to pass what was effectively the first nursing practice act, creating the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. In 1913, the Association created better standards for nursing schools: Eight-hour days for students, three-year courses of study in all nursing schools, uniform curricula, higher entrance requirements, and better preparation for supervisory and teaching responsibilities. The name was changed to the Texas Nurses’ Association around 1964. The TNA has also worked to create policies for the inspection and accreditation of nursing schools, provide whistleblower protection, create better opportunities for nursing students, right of due process in peer review, and to generally improve the conditions for nurses in the state of Texas.

Texas Nurses Association District 9

  • Corporate body
  • 1935-

District 9 of the Texas Nurses' Association opened in the Medical Arts Building in 1935. It originally encompassed 14 counties but now includes 8.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. School of Nursing

  • Corporate body
  • 1972-

The Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth opened in 1972 in the Nurses’ Residence at Hermann Hospital as the University of Texas School of Nursing. It was to be the clinical campus of the UT System’s school of nursing, which was based at UTMB in Galveston. It moved into the Hermann Professional Building Annex shortly after, then to the former Prudential Life Building at 1100 Holcombe in 1974. The Houston setting became an official campus of the UT System Schools of Nursing in 1973, alongside Galveston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, and Fort Worth/Arlington. The first class graduated in 1974. Also in 1974 the School proposed a Master’s of Nursing degree (the first students would enroll in 1976) and specialized programs in gerontology, oncology, and psychiatric mental health nursing. In 1976, the School of Nursing joined the UT Health Science Center. The school continued to expand, adding specialized courses of study and Doctorate of Nursing degrees. It was renamed the Cizik School of Nursing in 2017.

University of Texas School of Nursing PARTNERS

  • Corporate body
  • 1994-

PARTNERS (Providing Advancement Resources to Nursing Education, Research, and Students) was formed in 1994 through the leadership of Dean Patricia L. Starck, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Margaret A. “Peggy” Barnett, founding chair of PARTNERS.

The organization was established to encourage and support the students and faculty of the Cizik School of Nursing through scholarships, research grants, and endowed professorships. PARTNERS has contributed more than $15 million in support of the Cizik School of Nursing, including 200 full-tuition scholarships for students, 63 research grants for faculty, and four endowed professorships. PARTNERS has also raised funds to build and equip research facilities.

Visiting Nurse Association of Houston, Inc.

  • Corporate body
  • 1908-

Now VNA Health, the Visiting Nurse’s Association is a nonprofit founded in 1908 that provides in-home care for a wide variety of patient needs, including in-home nursing and assisted living, hospice care, various forms of therapy, and lending medical equipment.

Walden, Senorita Greene

  • Person
  • 1924-2011

Senorita O. Greene was born June 27, 1924 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Fort Worth by 1930. She joined the Army Medical Corps on June 15, 1945 and trained at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Worth; she earned her nursing degree in 1948. She married Marion Lewis Walden in 1948. She worked as a public health nurse before joining her husband’s business in 1958. Greene died July 4, 2011.