Coryell Health Nurse Wins National Nursing Award

Coryell Health is proud to announce that Connie Allen, RN, CNOR Director of Surgery, was recently honored with the national Outstanding Achievement in PeriOperative Nursing Management Award. Connie was selected for the award by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the leader in advocating for excellence in perioperative practice and healthcare.


Connie began her nursing career in 1974, as a nurse aide for a nursing home in Whitney, TX. Connie continued school while working and completed her registered nurse (RN) licensure. She continued to work in Central Texas, moving into educational and leadership positions.  In 2012 she accepted a position at Coryell Health as a Registered Nurse First Assistant, later moving into the Director of Surgery positon because of her extensive knowledge and training. Surgical service lines she was responsible for adding include orthopedics and orthopedic spine, and vascular, expanding general surgery, podiatry, pain management and ear/nose& throat procedures. Coryell Health also purchased an orthopedic robot and other advanced equipment under her leadership.

Connie was selected for the Outstanding Achievement in PeriOperative Nursing Management Award for her management and implementation of policies and procedures and assistance and coordination of the development of the new surgical suites, an endoscopy room, private pre and post op patient rooms, a pain management suite, and a cath lab. She provides daily leadership for her perioperative team, while focusing on patient safety by following and exceeding state and federal guidelines.

Coryell Health is grateful for Connie and her team!

Group photo left to right: Roger Williams, MD, Anesthesia; Lawrence Elikan, MD, Anesthesia; Connie Allen, RN, CNOR, Surgery Director; Richard Hurley, MD, Pain Management; Stephen Norris, MD, General Surgery; Lance Ellis, DO, Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Award photo left to right: Heather Rambeau, CNO; Connie Allen, RN, CNOR Surgery Director; David Byrom, CEO- Coryell Health