Our mission is to celebrate the professional image of nursing by recognizing the 25 nurses from the South Plains who exemplify nurse excellence above their peers and to support nursing education through scholarships.
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SPG 25 History

The South Plains Great 25 Nurses (SPG25N) began in October of 2016 when a group of nursing leaders across Lubbock County held a meeting to discuss the possibility of duplicating a registered nurse (RN) recognition program that has been active in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 26 years. The program is called The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Great 100 Nurses.

The original founder of the community nurse recognition events was P.K. Scheerle, a RN and successful entrepreneur. Ms. Scheerle created the first event to recognize nurses in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The initial 13 RN leaders for SPG25N were;
The Deans from the four local Nursing Schools:
Alicia Anger (Covenant School of Nursing), LaNell Harrison (Lubbock Christian University), Sue Ann Lopez (South Plains College), and Michael Evans (Texas Tech Health Sciences Center):

The Presidents of the four nursing associations: Patricia Francis-Johnson (Texas Nurses Association), Rosalinda Jimenez (Sigma theta Tau International), Daniel Hatch (Texas Nurse Practitioners Association) and Barbara Cherry (Texas Organization of Nurse Executives):

The four Chief Nurse Officers from the local acute care hospitals:
Karen Baggerly (Covenant Medical Center), Marla Daniels (Grace Medical Center), Carol Cates (Lubbock Heart and Surgical Hospital) and Tim Howell (University Medical Center).

In February of 2017, Jeannie Bennett, the President from the Critical Access Hospital Nursing Directors was invited to join.

These 13 Nursing Leaders established our mission to “Select and publicly recognize professional RNs who live and work in District 1B of the South Plains, to provide nursing scholarships and promote the positive image of the professional registered nurse”.

The DFW Great 100 toolkit provided example documents to help guide us with the startup tasks. We created four committees to get the work done and this structure worked well. The initial committees are listed below;

1. The Communication and Marketing Committee created a Facebook page and spoke to the local news media to get the word out.

2. The Sponsorship Committee created the donation recognition levels and assigned Board members to contact registered nurse employers throughout the 16 counties in the South Plains.

3. The selection and nomination committee set up an e-mail address to collect RN nominations, select the document reviewers and created the process of notification.

4. The Event Committee secured a venue for the event and created the program.

Our inaugural event was held on October 3, 2017 and was attended by all of the 25 awardees along with their 200+ supporters. The SPG25N celebration event emphasized the contributions of nurses to patient care, research, leadership, education and community service of more than 4,500 nurses practicing in the South Plains area.

Twenty-five nurses from the South Plains were recognized for demonstrating service, achievement and abilities within five scored categories. The categories were role model, leadership, community service, compassionate caregiver and significant contributions.

Our initial financial support came from Board member’s organizations. Most of those donations were used to establish a bank account for event expenses. Some donors wanted the 501c3 option which was accommodated by the contract with the Community Foundation of West Texas (CFWT). The CFWT account was designated as the fund to provide scholarships to nursing students in schools of nursing on the South Plains.

While our local organizations compete for students, nurses and patients, this program has pulled us together to celebrate the value of RNs and recognize the positive effect nurses have on the health of our community. It is a distinct honor to have been nominated by family, patients, former teachers, physicians and/or administrators and then to be recognized as exemplary by the community one serves establishes a role model for us all.

                                                                                     Tim Howell


If you have any questions regarding SPG25, please contact:
SPG25 President: Tammy Williams at


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