Sherwood Resident Terri Pendergraft Named as One of 100 Great Nurses in Arkansas for 2018

SHERWOOD, Ark. – Terri Pendergraft, of Sherwood, was one of six Baptist Health nurses recognized for her exemplary nursing care, contributions to the profession of nursing and mentoring of others this year by the Great 100 Nurses Foundation.

This is the second year the foundation, which is based in New Orleans, has accepted nominations and selected nurses from Arkansas with 12 Baptist Health nurses being honored in 2017. For the past 31 years, thousands of nurses from across Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas and now Arkansas have been recognized through the Great 100 Nurses Foundation program.

Pendergraft is the nursing director of Perioperative Services at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. Before becoming director, Terri was an administrative RN III at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock.

“Terri is an influential nurse leader who is often the first person to show up in a crisis and the last to leave. She is well-loved by her staff and the leadership team at Conway where she opened the Cath Lab and OR for the new hospital,” said her nominator. “She serves as a mentor and role model not only to her staff but other nursing leaders. She displays a servant’s heart and is passionate about our patients. She walks the talk.”

Other Baptist Health nurses who were named to the 100 Great Arkansas Nurses included: Paula Evans, Lauren Dreher, Janna Pipho and Georgia Seward, all of Little Rock; and Marshal Fuller of Bryant.

Recipients from across the state, including those from Baptist Health, were recently celebrated at an awards dinner at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. Funds raised at the awards event support nursing advocacy, nursing scholarships and nursing research.

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