Greater East Texas Black Nurses Association to recognize students, doctors at annual awards banquet


Brianna Harmon,


The Greater East Texas Black Nurses Association Inc. will host its annual awards and recognition dinner to award nursing students scholarships for their work.


University of Texas at Tyler president Dr. Michael Tidwell will be the keynote speaker for the event, according to a news release about it. Tidwell was appointed by the The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Jan. 1, 2017, and is the fourth president to serve at UT Tyler.


Also at the dinner Drs. Ellen G. Melton and Carl Westbrook II will be recognized.


Melton has practiced pediatric medicine in Tyler for the past 34 years. She is the first African-American female doctor from the Lufkin area and has been named doctor of the year and selected as the “Miracle Maker” by her peers to recognize her exceptional work as a pediatric physician, according to the news release.


Westbrook was the Chief OB-GYN at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler from 1988-1992 and ran his own private practice from 1979-2009, along with holding many other professional positions and participating in community events and organizations.


Tickets must be purchased in advance to attend. Contact Pauline Barnes at 903-539-8967 or via email at for information. Tickets can also be purchased on the website at


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