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Heather Ray

Age: 39

Business: Hendrick Health

Job title: Assistant Vice President, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer

Why are you working in this industry? As a high school student, I developed an interest in science and was fascinated with the intricacies of the human body. I pursued a nursing degree to further explore this interest and to have a career in which I could positively impact the lives of others. I am in awe of the incredible advancements and continuous change transforming the Healthcare industry. No day is the same and that makes work exciting. As a nurse committed to serving others, it is a privilege and blessing to work for Hendrick Health, an organization deeply invested in high quality healthcare and our community.


What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful? 

  • Take advantage of every opportunity to learn and develop

  • Listen with the intent to understand

  • Remembering to see and enjoy life through the eyes of my 4 year old daughter

Who is the person who most influenced you in business? My grandfathers were the most influential in regards to impressing the importance of college education. While neither had a college degree, both spoke to the importance of higher education and the opportunities it would open in my life. Last year, I completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Abilene Christian University.  I have to think both were smiling from above when I walked the stage. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? I have been blessed to work for the most amazing colleagues and supervisors in my 17 years at Hendrick whose advice has shaped me. Tam Luedtke, RN and previous Director, instilled in me early on you will never go wrong if you always keep the patient at the center of everything you do. Susie Cassle, RN and prior CNO, instilled the importance and value of a collaborative approach.  I continue to use their advice as a roadmap to leadership. 

If you were to give one piece of advice to someone starting out in your field what would it be? Speaking to a middle school or high school student who may not know what they want to do, take time to explore the many professional opportunities that exist within Healthcare. The possibilities are endless, and sometimes it takes a bit of experimenting to truly find your passion. Once you find your passion, never stop developing it and investing in yourself.


Describe yourself in one word. Deliberate


What was your first summer job? Mowing lawns as a middle schooler


Community Involvement:

  • Abilene Young Professionals – Member

  • West Texas Organization Nurse Leaders – Member

  • Hendrick Patient & Family Advisory Council - Member

  • United Way of Abilene – Volunteer

  • Meals on Wheels - Volunteer

  • Big Country Soccer Association – Volunteer


Family: I am fortunate to have a large family network within the Abilene community.

Parents: Richard Ray, Cathie and Odis Evans

Spouse:  Jessica Resto

Daughter:  Riley (4)

Siblings:  Michelle Ray, Michael Ray, Dan Ray

Nephew:  Jackson Ray (9)

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