Appointment given to Rhonda Thompson
SAN ANTONIO, TX (December 11, 2020) – The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio celebrate the appointment of Rhonda Thompson, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC as the chair holder of the William H. Parry, M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing. With this honor, Rhonda can further advance education, research, and clinical care in the field of pediatric nursing.
Dr. Thompson joined The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in 2017 and serves as the chief nursing officer. During her tenure, she has been instrumental in securing several hospital recognitions, including Baby Friendly status – the first hospital to do so in San Antonio, Level III Maternal Care designation, Level IV designation for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, first Magnet designation, Gold Beacon Awards for both Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Center of Excellence from Society of Pediatric Sedation, and so much more.
Dr. Thompson received her DNP in 2016 from Rush University. She also holds her MS in Nursing, MBA in Healthcare Management, BS in Nursing, and is Nurse Executive Advanced – Board Certified.
In September 2020, the William H. Parry, M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing was established by the Connolly Clark Trust. For more than 45 years, Dr. Parry spent his career as a pediatrician, educator, and administrator. He joined Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital (now The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio) as director of pediatric services in 1994 and was charged with improving and expanding outpatient and ambulatory services. He was instrumental in the creation of the David Christopher Goldsbury Center for Children and Families, a special outpatient facility with more than 38 different pediatric specialty clinics and programs, including primary care and dental facilities. Throughout his career, Dr. Parry credited excellence in nursing as essential to success in the care and treatment of patients, thus creating this endowed chair to provide perpetual funding for a leader in nursing.
Endowed chairs recognize and foster excellence among medical professionals who are leaders in their field. Clinical, research, and educational opportunities for the recipient and the department they represent are supported through the earnings of a permanent fund. CHRISTUS Children’s currently has 10 endowed chairs.
About The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation was founded in 1955 to support The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is the first and only academic, free-standing children’s hospital in San Antonio. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is a part of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic, faith-based, non-profit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has six hospital campuses, located in downtown San Antonio, the South Texas Medical Center, Westover Hills, Alamo Heights, New Braunfels, and San Marcos. For additional information on The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, visit childrenshospitalsafoundation.org, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/chosafoundation and on Twitter at twitter.com/csrfoundations.