Category: Emergency Care

The Untold Story About the Making of a Level I Trauma Center

By Michael S. Truitt, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

If you’re a nurse and your passion is caring for patients who have experienced major trauma, then you should consider expanding your career at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Why? I’m proud to say that Methodist Dallas has recently achieved verification as a Level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Committee on Trauma (COT). This signifies that Methodist Dallas provides the highest level of trauma and emergency care available.

But it didn’t happen overnight. For more than 20 years, Methodist Dallas has served as a destination for trauma patients in the Dallas area as a Level II trauma center, and our patient outcomes have been outstanding. During this time, the ACS repeatedly noted in our reviews that we were functioning at the highest end of Level II status, seeing more than 1,800 trauma patients annually. As the only trauma center in southern Dallas County and a regional referral center for other hospitals in North Texas, the critical care demands were growing.

As a result, the Methodist Health System board of directors and executive leadership began planning for a new critical care tower for the Methodist Dallas campus to meet the growing needs of the community. As our critical care capacity grew, the logical next step was to elevate our trauma program to achieve the Level 1 trauma center status.

How are we different from other trauma centers? As the medical director of trauma services and someone who works side by side with our staff, I know how valuable our nurses are. In fact, in my opinion, our nurses are the foundation of exceptional trauma care. And the nurses at Methodist are some of the most talented, dedicated nurses I have ever known. The acuity of our patients is one of the main reasons nurses want to work with us, but it’s also the culture and spirit of collaboration. For every one physician who comes into contact with a patient, there may be 20 or 30 nurses also touching that patient. We respect what each team member contributes to help save lives, and we continually work together to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.

Becoming a Level I trauma center required a complete team effort with our physicians, nurses, administration, and the board of trustees and support from the community. But what’s a Level I designation really require? Here’s what Methodist Dallas is doing to meet some of COT’s rigid requirements:

  • Publish trauma research papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Sponsor outreach and injury-prevention programs such as geriatric nursing home programs to prevent falls, programs to reduce speed limits in areas with high accident rates, and more.
  • Provide a comprehensive 24/7 surgeon-led surgical service in the ICU, plus we started a critical care fellowship.
  • Expand the breadth of services, so we’ve hired additional neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and interventional radiologists, and we’ve developed and refined protocols to take care of urgent and emergent medical conditions.
  • We use our performance improvement programs to continuously monitor our outcomes, looking at things like mechanism of injury, how patients present, and how our trauma center’s outcomes compare to national benchmarks.

None of this would have been possible were it not for the efforts of Ernest Dunn, MD, the program director of Methodist Dallas’ general surgery program. He is the father of the trauma program at Methodist Dallas and steered it to Level II status. We owe him a large debt of gratitude for his foresight and unwavering commitment to trauma care.

If you want to join the legacy of excellence in trauma care, it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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Gov. Perry Announces North Texas Ebola Treatment and Infectious Disease Bio Containment Facility

10/21/14

DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the creation of a state-of-the-art Ebola treatment and infectious disease bio containment facility in North Texas. Creation of such facilities was among the first recommendations made by the governor’s recently named Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response in order to better protect health care workers and the public from the spread of pandemic diseases.

In addition to the North Texas facility, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has also been designated an Ebola treatment and infectious disease bio containment facility.

“In the event of another diagnosis this facility will allow us to act quickly to limit the virus’ reach and give patients the care they need in an environment where health care workers are specially trained and equipped to deal with the unique requirements of this disease,” said Gov. Perry. “We are fortunate to have such talented and dedicated leaders here in North Texas, and at UTMB Galveston, who are willing to step forward during a time of need.”

Three of the region’s leading health care providers, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Methodist Health System and Parkland Hospital System, will partner to set up and operate the North Texas facility. The facility and equipment are being provided by partner hospitals, and staffing will be moved to the facility on an as-needed basis if the unit is activated.

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center is contributing the expertise of physicians experienced in infectious disease, critical care and other specialties, and some nursing professionals as staffing requires.
  • Methodist Health System is allowing the use of an entire floor of the Methodist Campus for Continuing Care in Richardson, including an ICU wing well suited for the care of infectious disease patients. They will provide some modifications for the critical steps of decontamination, laboratory equipment and other dedicated personnel for IT and biomedical support. Ebola and/or other infectious disease patients can be safely isolated.
  • Parkland Hospital has already begun transferring critical equipment such as personal protective equipment, IV fluids and laboratory supplies to the Methodist facility. In addition, Parkland will provide nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and lab technicians.

“UT Southwestern is proud that its expert faculty physicians and nurses are ready to lead in providing the very best care possible while safeguarding the safety of staff and the public. UTSW is also committed to advancing the other important longer term goals identified by the Governor’s Task Force,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President, UT Southwestern Medical Center Building on the foundations that have made it an academic medical center that is respected worldwide, UTSW is committed to the education and training of caregivers broadly and to promote research which will improve disease treatment and prevention. There is no mission greater than serving the public good.”

“Methodist Health System answered the call because it is the right thing to do,” said Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO, Methodist Health System. “Like all North Texans, we wish we weren’t in this situation. But the reality is there remains a threat, and as long as it’s there, Methodist is obligated by our mission — to improve and save lives through compassionate, quality health care — to do all we can to help.”

“Parkland is proud to be a part of this team effort to protect Texans from infectious disease. Our health system has a long history of emergency preparedness and clinical innovation so we are a great fit for this strike force,” said Frederick P. Cerise, MD, MPH, president and CEO, Parkland Health System. “Every Parkland employee comes to work knowing we may face the most difficult of situations and I am confident that we possess the skills and expertise to deal with them. Parkland also appreciates the leadership of Governor Perry as well as state and local officials in putting this team together.”

“UTMB is prepared to help fight Ebola and other infectious diseases,” said Dr. David L. Callender, UTMB president. “I have every confidence in our abilities to provide the highest level of care and we are proud that the governor has placed this trust in us as well as UT Southwestern, Methodist and Parkland.”

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If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact the Governor’s Press Office at (512) 463-1826.

Click to download a PDF of Gov. Perry’s release. 

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Methodist Dallas Medical Center Receives Level I Trauma Verification

10/6/14

Methodist Dallas Medical Center has achieved verification as a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) through ACS’ Committee on Trauma (COT). Level I verification signifies that Methodist Dallas provides the highest level of trauma and emergency care available, one of three adult trauma centers in Dallas County and one of only 17 in the state of Texas.

Methodist Dallas’ emergency department treats more than 62,000 patients annually with more than 1,800 admits related to trauma. As a Level I Trauma Center, the hospital is a regional referral resource for other hospitals throughout North Texas. Level I trauma centers also support trauma research programs and provide education on injury prevention. Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria that confirm the hospital’s institutional trauma care capabilities and performance, as outlined by the COT. The verification process follows a rigorous review and site visit and demonstrates that the hospital provides the highest level of care for seriously injured patients.

“As the only Trauma Center in southern Dallas County, our advancement to Level I status verifies that we are providing the highest level of care to residents of North Texas,” says Michael S. Truitt, MD, medical director of trauma services at Methodist Dallas. “Our Level I verification is the net result of the excellent coordination between emergency physicians, surgeons, nurses, radiologists, and others who are all directly involved in patient care of the injured patient.”

Methodist Dallas’ new Charles A. Sammons Tower provides a dedicated clinical setting for the hospital’s trauma program. It is Dallas’ first critical care patient tower devoted to trauma and critical care. The six-story, 248,000-square-foot tower includes a new, technologically progressive 59-bed emergency department with five new advanced trauma rooms offering direct access to a dedicated trauma operating room.

“Providing Level I adult trauma care is a massive undertaking requiring physicians, nurses, technology, and resources able to support the complex decision-making process that takes place when handling a trauma case,” says David D. Clark, FACHE, president of Methodist Dallas. “Methodist Dallas Medical Center is proud to have achieved Level I status demonstrating our continued commitment to provide a higher level of care to the communities we serve.”

The ACS’ long history of activities directed toward the improvement of trauma care was enhanced with the establishment of the COT Consultation/Verification Program for hospitals in 1987. It promoted the development of essential and necessary standards for the advancement of trauma care through hospitals and today validates that resources are available to support advanced trauma care at verified hospitals.

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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org. To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.

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Methodist Health System Opens Charles A. Sammons Tower

First Emergency, Trauma, and Critical Care Tower in North Texas

7/24/14

Methodist Dallas Medical Center will unveil the first patient care tower in Dallas devoted to emergency, trauma, and critical care when it officially opens the Charles A. Sammons Tower on Monday, July 28. The six-story, 248,000-square-foot tower includes a new 59-bed emergency department, eight integrated operating suites, 36-bed surgical intensive care unit (SICU), and 34-bed neurocritical care unit (NCCU), which expands the hospital’s total number of beds to 558.

Methodist Dallas, a critical safety-net hospital, is one of only three adult trauma centers in Dallas County and the only one in southern Dallas County. The medical center’s emergency department treats more than 60,000 patients annually, including 1,600 trauma patients. The tower expansion provides the hospital with increased capacity to treat 90,000 patients annually. Currently designated as a level II trauma center, the hospital completed the survey process in July to receive level I verification and expects formal notification within the next eight to 12 weeks.

“The $123-million investment by Methodist Health System in southern Dallas County is the first by a corporation in recent years and one of the largest ever. It demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the southern sector,” said Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO, Methodist Health System. “Methodist Health System has experienced aggressive growth during the past several years, and is proud to be the largest employer in Southern Dallas.”

The overall design of the new tower promotes efficiencies and provides a healing atmosphere by incorporating an abundance of natural lighting into patient care and lobby areas. Trauma rooms, operating suites, and patient rooms were constructed with additional space to accommodate advanced critical care medical equipment and enhance patient comfort.

“For more than 85 years, Methodist Dallas has been committed to serving Dallas with innovative medical services,” said Laura Irvine, FACHE, president, Methodist Dallas Medical Center. “The new Sammons Tower advances emergency, trauma, and critical care services extending our mission to improve and save lives.”

The tower’s distinct layout focuses on decentralized nursing by locating nurses closer to patients. The pod design of the new emergency department supports efficiencies that will enhance patient care. Each pod features private patient rooms with dedicated support services to allow staff to spend more time with patients. Pods are arranged so they can be staffed up or down based on patient demand. Natural light plays a critical role throughout the design of the patient floors with glass being used to lessen noise while improving visibility.

“We challenged architect Perkins+Will and general contractor Austin Commercial,” said Irvine. “The design required the architects and contractor to maximize available space, replacing a 150,000-square-foot office building with a new 248,000-square-foot critical care tower and tying into three floors of the existing hospital. They rose to the challenge and have provided a beautiful new healing environment for patients.”

Since 2007, Methodist Health System has experienced unprecedented growth — effectively doubling the size of the 85-year-old health care system in the past six years — allowing it to maintain and expand a deep commitment to serving the health care needs of North Texans from all walks of life. In April, Methodist Richardson Medical Center opened its new $120-mllion, 125-bed, four-story hospital at the corner of Renner Road and President George Bush Turnpike, and in March, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center broke ground on its new $118 million patient care tower.

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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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org. To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.

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Human Resources
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Dallas, TX 75203
Contact: Suzanne Lewis
214.352.5929
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What Makes a Great Emergency Department?

By Emily Tupa, BSN, RN, CEN
Director of Emergency Services
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Sometimes you’re fortunate in your career to be in the right place at the right time to experience a truly wonderful place to work. I’m happy to say that’s my situation in the emergency department (ED) at Methodist Charlton Medical Center.

Like any work environment, people make the difference — and the dedicated ED staff here is truly amazing. Compassionate, caring, and extremely competent, their patient dedication is second to none. Collaboration and caring for each other make this team highly productive and effective for our patients, for the hospital, and for each other.

Every ED can be a challenging and stressful place to work, and the Methodist Charlton ED is no exception. But our highly skilled team of physicians, nurses, and caregivers meets the challenges and exceeds expectations day in and day out. The result is a community resource that our patients have come to rely on for their health and well-being.

The Affordable Care Act has placed hospital EDs in the spotlight. Providing the right care at the right time with the right resources is our team’s primary focus. This will help us work to achieve optimum outcomes and reduce readmissions, a goal shared by insurers, regulators, patients, payers, and the hospital.

Of course, a great ED is shaped to a large degree by the hospital itself and the organization’s culture. Methodist Charlton’s culture breeds excellence and innovation. This has led to the hospital receiving many awards and recognitions, including:

  • Recognition from The Joint Commission as one of the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® for achieving exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke
  • Honored as a top performer for heart attack care by the Dallas County STEMI System of Care, ranking No. 1 in door-to-balloon average in the county in the third quarter of 2012, with an average of just over 50 minutes, far ahead of the national goal of 90 minutes
  • Recognition from the American College of Cardiology Foundation with the NCDR Action Registry®-GWTG™ Platinum Performance Achievement award for the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

Another indicator of a successful ED is the corps of emergency physicians who provide around-the-clock care. How would I describe our ED physicians? Many adjectives come to mind — energetic, fun, smart, motivated, and compassionate.

Can you tell that I love my job, the people I work with, the patients we serve, and the community that we call home? Absolutely! So what are you waiting for? I’m always looking for nurses to join our great team of caregivers. We value clinicians who have a positive attitude, are engaged, and are dependable. Most of all, I look for nurses who are kind, compassionate, and who thrive as members of our high-performing team. We have a great future ahead of us, and I’m so glad I’ve been given the opportunity to lead this department to be the best.

If you’re looking for the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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Methodist Mansfield Medical Center to Build New Patient Tower

01/30/14

Methodist Health System Board of Directors Approves $118 Million
for expansion

Methodist Health System today announced approval by its board of directors of a $118 million facility expansion plan to add a second patient tower with an eventual capacity of 118 beds. The project also includes the expansion of support services to the acute care Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Scheduled to open in fall 2015, the new 110,000 square-foot tower will be located at the northwest corner of the existing building. The expansion will feature 34,000 square feet of additional operating rooms, cardiology and gastroenterology services and 64,000 square-feet of additional support services including lab, materials management, biomed, and sterile processing to name a few.

Methodist Mansfield, which began as a community hospital in 2006, has nearly doubled its capacity with multiple expansions in seven years and continues to grow to meet the needs of area residents.

“This hospital has served Mansfield and the surrounding area with compassionate quality health care,” said Levi Davis, chairman of the Methodist Health System board of directors. “We look forward to the addition of this new tower and the role it will play in the stewardship of this community’s health for many years to come.”

“We couldn’t be more honored to witness the growth of Methodist Mansfield, as well as the economic opportunity this expansion will bring,” said Mansfield Mayor David Cook. “Access to first-rate health care facilities is a primary concern for any community. This expansion strengthens that access for our residents, while, at the same time, turns our community into a regional destination for health care services.”

The new tower will initially open with 54 beds, with shell space for 64 more. The hospital currently features a women’s pavilion, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, labor and delivery suites and recovery services. The hospital also offers advanced cardiac care, including minimal invasive catheterization procedures and electrophysiology as well as da Vinci®robotic surgical services. The radiology department features the latest in imaging technology to better diagnose and treat medical conditions including mammo spa days.

“Many people came together to make this vision a reality,” said president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center John Phillips, FACHE. “We are grateful to the City of Mansfield for their continued support as well as the Methodist Mansfield advisory board for their guidance and leadership during this process.”

Upon completion of the new tower in 2015, Methodist Mansfield will potentially add up to 200 new hospital-based jobs within the next five years.

“This expansion will equip us with the ability to meet the needs of our growing community population, allowing us to be the trusted provider for every generation.” said Phillips.

Note to editor: Renderings of the new hospital design can be found at: www.methodisthealthsystem.org/PRMansfieldExpansion

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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org. To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.

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Human Resources
1441 N. Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203
Contact: Suzanne Lewis
214.352.5929
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Emergency Nursing at Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Have you considered emergency nursing? Theda Serna shares her experience as an ED RN at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

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Building for Better Care: Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower Update

By Laura Irvine
President
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

A year ago this week, Sept. 11, 2012, Methodist Dallas Medical Center broke ground on the new 248,000-square-foot Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower. As we are reminded to appreciate what our first responders do every day, we celebrate the construction progress of the tower and look forward to opening the new facility to the residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex a year from now.

Over the years, Methodist Health System has grown with the community and endeavored to stay ahead of its increasing demands for unparalleled health care services. The new tower is the latest example of that, replacing some spaces that are more than 50 years old. The carefully planned design places nurses and other members of our team of health care professionals in the optimum location to watch over and care for our patients. Considering Methodist Dallas sees more than 60,000 emergency patients annually, including 1,500 trauma patients, the new tower features:

  • 58 intake and exam rooms
  • 5 trauma suites
  • A dedicated CT scanner
  • 8 surgical suites
  • 70 critical care and step-down beds. 

The new tower integrates some of the latest diagnostic and treatment technology, and the layout of the emergency department (ED) is designed specifically to speed patient throughput and decrease door-to-doctor time. In addition, the new design will improve the patient experience with an enlarged and enhanced surgery waiting area and larger critical care rooms to accommodate family members.

A separate entrance for trauma patients and patients referred to the ED by Methodist Health System physicians will also speed access to care. For trauma patients, it’s all about time, beginning with getting these critically ill patients into a trauma suite so we can immediately assess their condition and stabilize them. The design of the new tower puts clinical tools and equipment at caregivers’ immediate disposal in the trauma center, including a dedicated MRI, CT scanner, and radiology services.

We anticipate the new tower will create 250 additional jobs over the next three years. And while we recognize that having an updated facility will further enhance our quality patient care, we also know that it is our employees who truly make the difference for our patients. We believe our most important asset is our employees and we are committed to helping them do their very best every day. This commitment, in the context of our culture of compassion and the advanced technology featured in the new critical care tower, provides an excellent environment for our clinical and professional staff at Methodist Dallas to grow and thrive in their careers.

And for that, we see this new tower as a win-win-win. It’s a win for our patients in our communities who trust their health and well-being to us, day in and day out. It’s a win for the region. In fact, we’re proud that this $124 million expansion represents the first $100 million investment in southern Dallas County in recent years. And it’s a win for our employees, who will be able to utilize some of the latest technology and healing environment to provide care for our patients and their families.

If you’re ready to grow your career with a visionary hospital, then it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Voted Best Hospital and Best Emergency Department in Arlington and Mansfield

8/14/13

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center was voted the Best Hospital and Best Emergency Department in the recent Living Magazine Best of Arlington and Mansfield Reader’s Choice Awards. The award was chosen by thousands of readers who voiced their opinions on the best local businesses and professionals in Arlington and Mansfield.

We are so honored to be recognized as the Best Hospital and Best Emergency Department in Arlington and Mansfield,” says Methodist Mansfield President John Phillips, FACHE. “We are proud of our staff, volunteers and physicians, many of whom give back tremendously to our community in so many ways. It’s because of their community connections and pride in Methodist Mansfield that we were chosen to receive these awards. We enjoy the opportunity to compassionately serve and provide healthcare services to Tarrant County. “

“Our readers told us what they loved most about our community – best doctor to visit when their sick, the best emergency room, the best hospital, the best professional to help update their home and so much more in our Best of Readers’ Choice Awards,” says Misty Morgan, publisher of Living Magazine. “They are all extraordinary examples of excellence in action as they care for our community each day.”

Note to editor: Photograph is available at http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/PhotoLivingMagBestOf

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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org. To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.

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Human Resources
1441 N. Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203
Contact: Suzanne Lewis
214.352.5929

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Internship Opens the Door to ED Nursing

By Bernadette Trail, PHR
Human Resources Generalist
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Nursing internships have been around for a long time. In fact, they’re one of the most popular employee programs offered at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. But this year, we are piloting a completely different internship program — one that specializes solely in transitioning experienced RNs to the Emergency Department (ED).

Internships traditionally provide a multidisciplinary experience in a variety of nursing settings, including medical-surgical, cardiology, neurology, the intensive care unit (ICU), and more. Now Methodist Charlton is offering 10-week internships for nurses who are ready to immerse themselves in an intense, structured, and ED-specific internship.

What’s more, Methodist Charlton’s internship is only for RNs who have at least two years of nursing experience. As the second-busiest ED in the Metroplex, this is a great opportunity for nurses who have a solid clinical foundation and who may have considered ED nursing in the past, but have been in another discipline.

Applications are being accepted now and classes will begin the end of August. We’re evaluating additional candidate criteria as well, including:

  • Compassion for the ED patient population
  • A commitment to working with high-acuity patients
  • A desire to help us take our ED to the next level in terms of serving our patients and delivering even better outcomes. Our ultimate goal is to be known for the compassion and concern we have for our patients.

The internship provides many benefits to selected candidates. In addition to the standard ED nursing experience, the internship will also offer ED critical care, and the clinical preceptor

phase will be guided by experts in emergency medicine and trauma care. Interns will join our proud, compassionate team of health care professionals that staff our ED. They will also be working for a health care system that has been recognized as a Best Place to Work for 10 consecutive years by the Dallas Business Journal and that has one of the most engaged employee populations in the nation as measured by the Advisory Board.

If you’re a nurse who has always wanted to work in the ED but for one reason or another never had the opportunity, the Methodist Charlton ED internship may be just the answer to redirect your career. As one of Texas’ leading teaching and referral centers, we are committed to providing fertile ground for learning and are passionate about quality health care.

If you’re ready to embark on a new journey in your nursing career that is both challenging and rewarding, then it’s time to choose the ED internship program at Methodist Charlton. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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