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  By: Ordaz Perez H.R. No. 66
         WHEREAS, America Jones of El Paso has been named to Profiles
  in Diversity Journal's 2021 list of Latino Leaders Worth Watching;
         WHEREAS, For more than two decades, Profiles in Diversity
  Journal has honored individuals who excel in their chosen fields
  while innovating, mentoring others, and advancing diversity and
  inclusion in the workplace; and
         WHEREAS, America Jones is the chief executive officer of
  Kindred Hospital El Paso, a long-term acute care facility that
  treats chronically, critically ill patients who require
  specialized care during an extended stay in a hospital setting;
  during her tenure, she has worked to develop a strong culture of
  staff engagement, diversity, and mutual respect; as a result, staff
  turnover is low, which contributes to a superior quality of care for
  patients; and
         WHEREAS, The first college graduate in her family, Ms. Jones
  earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at The University of Texas
  at El Paso; she initially majored in electrical engineering at UT
  Austin but interrupted her studies to help her grandmother when she
  was diagnosed with cancer; after witnessing the holistic,
  compassionate care provided by a hospice nurse, Ms. Jones
  recognized her own calling; she began her career as a nurse, and as
  she advanced in her profession, she garnered a Nursing Excellence
  Award from the Visiting Nurses Association and went on to complete a
  master's degree in nursing systems management at her alma mater;
  she served as chief nursing officer of a hospital before becoming
  CEO at Kindred Hospital El Paso; and
         WHEREAS, America Jones has distinguished herself through her
  contributions to health care and her commitment to inclusivity in
  the workplace, and her accomplishments are a source of inspiration
  to all who are privileged to know her; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby congratulate America Jones
  on being named to the 2021 list of Latino Leaders Worth Watching by
  Profiles in Diversity Journal and extend to her sincere best wishes
  for continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Ms. Jones as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.