Nursing at Seton

Nursing Leaders

Magdalena Belury, MSN, RN, NE-BC

MagdalenaBelurySenior Director of Nursing, Seton Southwest Hospital

Belury joined Seton in 1989 and has served as a staff RN, charge nurse and preceptor in Neonatal Intensive Care. She also served as education coordinator, clinical nursing manager and director of the internal float pool for Seton Premiere Staffing, providing staffing support to clinical areas across the network. Belury has led the redesign, standardization and inter-rater reliability of acuity criteria in Seton’s electronic acuity system. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin and also holds a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Informatics.

Deb Brown, MHA, BSN, RN

deb_brownVice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Operating Officer, Dell Children’s Medical Center

Brown joined Seton in 2009 as Trauma Service Line Director for Dell Children’s Medical Center. She directed the opening of a new patient care tower and the expansion of pediatric specialty services to rural sites in central Texas. Brown received her BSN from The University of Texas at Austin. She served 17 years at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in various staff and leadership roles. While there, Brown led the development and implementation of the State of Texas’ first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center as accredited by the American College of Surgeons. Before returning to Austin, she developed the Trauma Service Line at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Brown gained accreditation for the hospital as the State of Arizona’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and initiated development of the Children’s Neurosciences Institute.

Margaret Butler, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR

Senior Director of Nursing, Seton Northwest Hospital

Butler began her nursing career with an intensive care internship at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. After working with patients in a surgical intensive care unit, it seemed natural to transition to surgery. Margaret worked in surgery for a number of years, earning her certification in 2001 and heading back to school to complete her BSN in 2005. She was recruited to manage maternity services in the community hospital where she was working. In 2007, Margaret moved to Austin, Texas and joined Seton Northwest Hospital as clinical manager of surgical services. She was promoted to director of surgical services in 2009, and has served as senior director of nursing for the site since 2011. Seton Northwest Hospital is one of only a small percentage of hospitals to achieve Magnet® designation for a third time.

Melanie Fox, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Melanie Fox 11.JPGChief Nursing Officer, Seton Medical Center Williamson

Fox joined Seton in 2008 when she was named senior director of nursing for Seton Medical Center Williamson and helped to prepare and open Seton’s first brand-new facility with an electronic medical record in all departments. Fox came from Memorial Hermann in Houston where she was the chief nursing officer of a 240-bed facility, one of 12 acute care hospitals in the system. Fox spent 29 years at Memorial Hermann in various staff, education and leadership roles including intensive care unit, emergency department, dialysis, telemetry and five years as director of clinical applications in information systems.

Susan Grice, DNSc, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Susan_GriceChief Nursing Officer, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital

Grice joined Seton Shoal Creek in 2008 following leadership positions in Houston and Washington, D.C. She received her doctorate in nursing service from Catholic University. Grice has many years of experience in behavioral health inpatient and outpatient settings. Her areas of expertise include seclusion and restraint reduction, program development and outcomes measurement. While in Houston, Grice served as chair of the Texas Medical Center Nurse Executive council, served on the Texas Hospital Association psychiatric services committee and lead chapter revitalization efforts for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Debra Hernandez, MHA, BSN, RN, FACHE, CENP

Debra Hernandez 2013 _mg_9781 eye.jpgChief Nursing Officer, Seton Medical Center Austin and University Medical Center Brackenridge

Hernandez joined Seton in 2013 following leadership positions with Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Columbus, Georgia where she was senior vice president of clinical operations and system chief nursing executive and with Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut where she served as senior vice president and chief nursing executive. She spent the majority of her career in North Carolina. Prior to leaving, she was the chief nursing and patient care services officer at Durham Regional Hospital, a community hospital within the Duke University Healthcare System. Hernandez has been active at both the state and national level with American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She served as president of the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, was a member of the Regent’s Advisory Council for ACHE and has remained active with AONE at the national level serving on both the strategic planning committee and the nominating committee.

Christine Laflamme, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN

Christine Laflamme 2013_mg_0887.jpgSenior Director of Nursing, Seton Smithville Regional Hospital and Towers Nursing Home

She has been a member of the Seton Family since 2003 and most recently served as director of network accreditation. During her career, she has worked in various accreditation positions along with utilization management for insurance reviews. Laflamme also has experience with admissions, compliance with federal regulations and extensive psychiatric clinical expertise. Before coming to Seton, she held nursing leadership positions in the U.S. Air Force at Barksdale AFB, La., in labor and delivery, the emergency department as well as leadership responsibility of the after-hours Base Command Center. Laflamme also held nursing leadership positions at Shoal Creek Hospital before it became part of the Seton Family. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as well as a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master in Business Administration-Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of Sigma theta Tau International, the nursing honor society.

Karen Litterer, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Litterer Karen .JPGSenior Director of Nursing, Seton Highland Lakes Hospital

Litterer joined Seton Highland Lakes in 1991 to serve as director of nursing for hospital operations. Prior to joining Seton, Litterer was the Burnet County Public Health Nurse. Her varied background also includes supervising home health care services and direct staff roles in ICU and surgical services. Litterer currently serves on the Highland Lakes Health Partnership Board, Burnet ISD Student Health Advisory Council and the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Health and Technology Programs at Burnet ISD. She is an associate faculty member of Texas Tech University Health and Science Center School of Nursing.

Robbie Rabe, MSN, BSN, RN

Robbie_RabeSenior Director of Nursing, Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital

Robbie Rabe joined Seton in 2003 as circulating nurse in the operating room (OR). She also served as OR manager and director of nursing for surgery, endoscopy, emergency department, acute care and outpatient IV therapy. She obtained her BSN from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and her MSN from Walden University. Rabe is currently a doctoral candidate in the DNP program at Walden University. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Yvonne VanDyke, MSN, RN

Yvonne_VandykeSenior Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Education Center, Seton Healthcare Family

Yvonne previously served as the executive dean of health sciences at Austin Community College where she was responsible for 15 health career programs. She also served as a professor of vocational nursing and department chair for many years at Austin Community College.