Category: Cardiology

New Methodist Richardson Medical Center Opens April 14

By Cheryl Koch, RN, MSN, CNOR
Director of Surgical Services
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

We all know the feeling. You eagerly anticipate a special event and it seems like it takes forever for the date to arrive. Then when it finally arrives, it seems like it happens in the blink of an eye. The Methodist Richardson Medical Center family, along with the surrounding communities of Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, Murphy, Plano, and Garland, has been excited about the approaching opening date of the new hospital. Now, after many months of construction, the day is almost here.

The new Methodist Richardson Medical Center will accept its first patient at 7 a.m., Monday, April 14. Years of planning will culminate with a week of preopening festivities. The official ribbon-cutting with Richardson civic and business leaders will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. Then mark your calendars for our community Grand Opening Party and Healthy Kids Day (in association with the Richardson Family YMCA) on Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Citizens of Richardson and surrounding communities are invited to tour the hospital; operate some of the new technology, including the da Vinci® Surgical System; experience diagnostic and treatment facilities of the future — cardiac catheterization lab, electrophysiology lab, endovascular room, and new operating suites; meet physicians; contribute to a community mural; go on a scavenger hunt; relish picnic food; express themselves with face painting; learn the art of flying a kite; have their fingers encased in a cast; and decorate surgical caps.

While the facility will be a wonderful resource for the community and provide an advanced healing environment for our patients, the most important thing for patients to know is that our staff remains steadfast in its commitment to quality, safety, and compassionate care. We’ve been a family of caregivers working together for many years. That gives us the ability to maximize our new surroundings to their full potential to help our patients recover and heal.

The new hospital is designed with the patient in mind with spacious, all-private rooms appointed in soothing colors. Equipment has been integrated into the rooms to make work flow as easy as possible, contributing to the overall positive patient experience. The opening of the new hospital couldn’t come at a better time. Over the past several months, Methodist Richardson has experienced record volumes in our emergency department, and in March we delivered 100 babies, more than twice the number of births that we experienced just two months prior.

Other important components of the new hospital include:

  • Expanded women’s services department to accommodate the growing demands from the community
  • Two new cardiac catheterization labs equipped with the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies
  • Oversized operating rooms with large video displays
  • New pre-op holding area with all-private rooms
  • An outpatient infusion suite
  • Enhanced capability to perform additional endovascular and electrophysiology procedures — many of which are minimally invasive — thanks to new specially equipped procedure rooms
  • Additional beds, including 25 medical telemetry beds, 25 intensive care beds, and 25 intensive medical care beds, all on the 3rd floor of the new hospital
  • An expanded level III neonatal intensive care unit
  • A new bistro with outdoor seating for staff, patients, families, and visitors.

The new hospital has also incorporated design aspects that will enhance work life for our staff, improving their ability to care for their patients. Staff lounges will be located on every patient care unit, many with balconies. Equipment has been standardized throughout the facility, enabling staff to enjoy a better work experience throughout the hospital.

If you’re looking for a fresh start in a beautiful new environment working with experienced colleagues, it’s time to choose Methodist Richardson Medical Center. Learn more by visiting

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Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is On-the-Grow!

By John E. Phillips, FACHE
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

If you thought you knew Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, it’s time to take another look. I’m proud to say we’re growing by leaps and bounds thanks to the support of the community and the commitment of Methodist Health System.

In response to the strong demand for surgeries, Methodist Mansfield began construction on two additional operating rooms (ORs). We anticipate a spring 2014 opening.

Da Vinci® Surgical System

One of the ORs is being built specifically for the robotic da Vinci® Surgical System, used to perform intricate procedures with greater precision. Surgery with da Vinci offers patients many benefits over traditional surgery:

  • Minimal pain because there is reduced trauma to the surrounding tissue
  • Lower rate of major complications
  • Lower blood loss
  • Lower rate of wound infection
  • Smaller scars
  • Shorter hospital stay.

Most da Vinci Single-Site™ procedures require one tiny incision through the patient’s belly button, resulting in very little blood loss and hardly any scar from surgery.

Patients who have surgery using da Vinci usually go home from the hospital the same day and often back to their normal routine within a week.

The new OR has been designed using ideas from the specially trained da Vinci surgeons. Orientation of the equipment combined with the high-definition console will better accommodate the surgeons, and the room features a cleaner design with easier access to supplies used during the robotic procedures.

Advanced cardiac care

We heard our communities’ demands for more capacity to treat heart disease, and we will deliver with an OR equipped with the latest technology for specialized heart procedures, coronary artery bypass graph, and other open heart surgeries. This OR will double our heart surgery capabilities, providing greater access for the cardiovascular surgeons on our staff and greater convenience for their patients.

These new ORs are just the beginning. I’m also proud to announce that pending final approval we will soon launch a much broader expansion project that will include a second patient tower and hopefully a new physician office building. Nothing validates the health of a community more than a growing medical center, and I’m proud that Methodist Mansfield is the community’s hospital of choice.

The entire Methodist Mansfield team has done an amazing job of embracing the communities we serve, which in addition to Mansfield includes

South Arlington, South Grand Prairie, Kennedale, Venus, and Midlothian. Many of our employees live in these areas, and they have worked diligently to earn their communities’ trust. They take great pride in where they work, and we look for this sense of pride when prospective employees interview with us. We believe that if we take care of our employees, then our employees will take care of our patients, providing world-class care. When our employees are happy and proud, our patients are happy. It’s that simple.

Many of our employees have been honored with a variety of awards, and we couldn’t be prouder of them. I feel awards validate our culture and our continuing focus on employee education. We continually work with our emerging leaders to prepare them to accept additional responsibility.

If you ask our employees, they will tell you that Methodist Mansfield has high standards. For high-performing people, I think this is the best place to work. In fact, Methodist Health System has been recognized as a Best Place to Work for 10 consecutive years by the Dallas Business Journal. We’re growing. We’re excelling. And we’re serving with pride and distinction. I think the future is extremely bright for Methodist Mansfield.

Learn more about the expansion at Methodist Mansfield and throughout Methodist Health System by visiting

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Methodist Health System Hospitals Earn ‘Top Performers’ Status


All Four Methodist Facilities Recognized by The Joint Commission

Four Methodist Health System hospitals have all been named among the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission (TJC) for achieving exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The commended clinical categories for each hospital are as follows:

  • Methodist Dallas Medical Center: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke
  • Methodist Charlton Medical Center: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke
  • Methodist Mansfield Medical Center: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke]
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care

To be recognized as one the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®, a hospital must achieve a performance grade of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which data is reported to TJC, an independent, not-for-profit organization whose accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide. Methodist

Dallas, Methodist Charlton, Methodist Mansfield, and Methodist Richardson met or exceeded the 95 percent performance target for each accountability measure for data in 2012.

“This recognition is an affirmation of the Methodist mission: To improve and save lives through compassionate quality health care,” says Pamela Stoyanoff, chief operating officer of Methodist Health System. “While we are certainly proud of this achievement, our greatest reward is the lives we save and restore though our quality care.”

The Top Performers on Key Quality Measures program is designed to be an incentive for achieving excellence on accountability measures and to support organizations in their performance improvement efforts. Methodist’s four hospitals are among 1,099 in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.

Methodist’s four recognized hospitals are listed on the TJC website and will be featured in its December issue of The Source.

About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.


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Cardiology Clinicians Take Heart

By Darryl Jones II, BS, RCIS, RDCS
Interim Heart Center Educator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

One thing I learned early in working with patients battling heart disease is you can’t be a hypocrite. February is heart month, but if you want your patients’ respect anytime of the year, you have to lead by example.  It starts with being a healthier you and having a heart for health.

I take my commitment to leading a healthier life seriously. I watch my diet by trying to avoid red meat, eating lots of chicken and fish, plus fruits and vegetables. I’ve really worked on portion control.
If I know I’m going out to dinner, I eat healthier breakfasts and lunches. And I believe walking is
the key to life. I walk four miles, two to three times
a week at a good pace. Even for seniors, if they keep walking, chances are they’ll do
pretty well.

Cardiology offers so many career choices, from research and education to clinical intervention and noninvasive treatments. In my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work as an EKG tech and in cardiac rehabilitation, echocardiology, and the cath/electrophysiology lab. What kind of skill set is required for cardiology? Here are some tips:

  • Be willing to constantly learn about emerging new procedures and techniques.
  • Be observant, using critical-thinking skills to meet individual patients’ needs who may not be able to speak for themselves.
  • Be a team player, comfortable working with and supporting others. You always work with team members.
  • Be a good listener and ask insightful questions. You never learn anything when
    you’re talking.

As an educator in the Sam & Anne Kesner Heart Center at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, every day I help patients who are facing challenges with their heart learn ways to improve their lifestyle and overall health. I keep up on the latest research and information about preventing and managing heart disease. The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association stress the increasing importance of physical fitness — muscular fitness and cardiorespiratory fitness — for decreasing chronic diseases, promoting overall cardiovascular and general health, improving quality of life, and delaying cardiovascular disease and mortality in the U.S. population.

Methodist Dallas offers tremendous opportunities for cardiovascular professionals. From clinically advanced, minimally invasive surgical and cardiac procedures to a full range of sophisticated diagnostic and treatment services for heart disease and heart attacks, Methodist Dallas is on the cutting-edge of heart health. This includes our anticoagulation clinic that helps people manage and monitor the effects of anticoagulant medications and our cardiac rehabilitation programs that help damaged hearts regain their optimum levels of strength and health.

If you have a heart for health and you’re ready to set an example for your patients, then it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting

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