Manager of Health and Medical Services recognized in ‘Salute to Nurses’

Gwendolyn Jonson poses for a photograph, May 5, 2014. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)

Gwen Johnson

Gwen Johnson, who has served as HISD’s manager of Health and Medical Services department since 2010, is one of 100 Houston-area medical professionals being honored this month by the Houston Chronicle as a part of its annual “Salute to Nurses.”

The salute is designed to recognize local professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to nursing over the years. Only about 20 percent of nominees are included in the final 100, and the Top 10 are selected from that group.

Johnson has been a district administrator since January 2004, and during her tenure with HISD alone, she has positively affected the health of thousands of children. In 2007, she helped obtain free medical and dental services for homeless students through a contract with the city of Houston and Harris County. In 2010, she coordinated a three-year partnership with the Texas Heart Institute to provide free heart screenings to more than 3,000 middle-school students. And in the fall of 2012, she organized the screening of more than 14,000 students for vision problems, resulting in more than 1,400 new pairs of glasses.

Before returning to HISD, Johnson served as the program director for health services at Aldine ISD. She also worked as a school nurse at various Houston and Aldine ISD campuses for more than 15 years.

Johnson will be formally recognized alongside Chávez HS nurse Violet Clarke during a luncheon held on May 8. She will also be featured in a special section of the May 11 edition of the Chronicle.

8 thoughts on “Manager of Health and Medical Services recognized in ‘Salute to Nurses’

  1. Marilyn Platt

    Ms. Gwen,
    You certainly deserve this recognition. I feel proud to serve in a school under your direction. Again, KUDOS to you.
    Marilyn Platt, RN. BSN
    Davila Elementary

  2. Sharon Holiday -Barnes

    You deserve all the recognition and more for your compassion,service,and outstanding leadership. Your leadership should be modeled by many organizations.Thanks for all that you do !!!

  3. Brenda R. Coleman RN, BSN (Associate Nurse)

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!. So proud of you. Cream ALWAYS rises to the top. You are a blessing to the nurses and children of Houston ISD. May God continue to give you His strength and wisdom in your leadership role. It is evident He leads your life. It is a joy and privilege to work with you.

  4. Mayta Ewing-Simon

    Congratulations Mrs. Johnson
    It is a wonderful achievement to be selected and honored as outstanding Nurse of the year. .
    The students, community, staff and faculty of HISD has benefited by your leadership and
    endeavors. I salute you and may your light continue to shine a path that we may follow as health care providers.

    Mayta Ewing-Simon RN,

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