Category: Facility Expansion

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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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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Meet the New Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

By Nora Frasier, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Have you ever been so happy to be with a company at a certain time in your career that you needed to pinch yourself to make sure you weren’t dreaming? That pretty much sums up how I feel about my new role as chief nursing officer at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.

Being the new kid on the block at a wonderful hospital is always exciting. And joining the leadership team just in time to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new 118-bed patient care tower is icing on the cake. I can’t think of a better time to be a nurse, especially at Methodist Mansfield.

What do I have to offer? With more than 20 years in nursing leadership, I have been enriched by experiences in several institutions of varying sizes and types (nonprofit and for-profit, 98 beds to 1,100 beds, academic and community-based). I am privileged to serve as an appraiser team leader for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®, the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. My role with the Magnet Recognition Program enables me to experience the cultures of many wonderful hospitals during on-site surveys to assess their compliance with program standards and readiness for Magnet designation. Every time I walk into a hospital that clearly values excellence in nursing, it’s tremendously reenergizing. The direction that Magnet is moving today places more emphasis on outcomes, paving the way for hospitals to thrive in the future. And today, almost 50 percent of the Magnet standards are focused on outcomes. That’s a positive change for hospitals.

There were many reasons I chose to join the Methodist Mansfield family. It was exciting to be part of a growing organization, one that has been voted a Best Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal for 10 years in a row. And it was thrilling to join a hospital that had begun the Journey to Magnet Excellence® status where we can integrate best practices from other Magnet hospitals into our nursing model at Methodist Mansfield.

Even though it’s only been a few months since joining Methodist Mansfield, I’m already filled with the pride and dedication that permeates the entire community. Here, we take our community tagline, “We Are Mansfield” seriously. Everyone understands that Mansfield is a special place to live and work. The entire Methodist Mansfield family realizes and appreciates the trust and dependence that the community places in us to care for their health and well-being. I’m also struck with how quality is a driving force throughout the entire Methodist Health System. We expect nothing less than the best clinical outcomes for our patients and that guides all of our efforts and energy.

What is my philosophy of care? The mantra I espouse is adapted from learnings from a study that found that patients want three things, which we work to deliver every day as caregivers in the hospital:

  1. First, they want to be safe. We’re focused on patient safety, and we communicate our commitment to safety with patients, their families, and with each other every day.
  2. Second, they want to be healed. We coach nurses to be coordinators of the patients’ care team and to partner with patients to set care goals and carry out the plan of care.
  3. Third, they want to be treated with respect and dignity, like we would treat members of our own family.

To nurses who are looking for a new opportunity to develop and advance their careers, I say consider Methodist Mansfield. The opportunity for growth is unparalleled, regardless of whether you are a new graduate or a veteran nurse with many years of experience at the bedside. We encourage nurses to pursue their professional development through advanced academic education, the Clinical Advancement Program, and participation in shared governance.

If you’re ready to join a growing organization, one with an unwavering commitment to improving and saving lives and caring for each other, then it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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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 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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Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is On-the-Grow!

By John E. Phillips, FACHE
President
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 Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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Ahead of schedule, Methodist Richardson Medical Center anticipates May 2014 opening

By Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE
President
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

It doesn’t seem possible, but we can see the light at the end of the construction tunnel. A little more than one year ago, I brought you the exciting news that Methodist Richardson Medical Center was breaking ground on a $120 million expansion. Thanks to great weather and a dedicated team, I’m pleased to tell you that we are significantly ahead of schedule and planning for a May 1, 2014, opening — at least three months sooner than originally planned. This is great news for the community and for our employees.

I’m gratified to see that the hundreds of hours we invested in planning the design and functionality of the new space is coming to fruition. One area that received attention was employee work spaces. Our goal is to provide a healing environment that makes work more efficient and enjoyable. I think we’re achieving that in several ways:

  • Lounges on the nursing unit have open-air balconies so employees can take a break, step outside, and enjoy a breath of fresh air away from their work area.
  • No-wax floors end the dilemma of finding a good time to wax them. In addition, by eliminating wax we are creating a healthier environment for staff and patients.
  • We’ve used lots of glass in patient rooms and throughout the facility to give it an open, soothing, organic, and spacious feel.
  • The bistro design in our cafeteria offers single seating as well as seating areas that are perfect for mini-meetings within the cafeteria itself. Outside seating will be available so employees, volunteers, and visitors can enjoy a meal alfresco.

Throughout the design and construction process, our employees have provided valuable insight. At the beginning of the project, we built a mock patient room. We invited the staff to test the room design. They weren’t shy about sharing their feedback, and we made changes accordingly. Based on their input, we lowered the television to make it easier for patients to view, changed the lighting to a more restful level, and moved electrical

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outlets to accommodate staff’s daily needs.

By the end of the year, we will begin installing technology throughout the building. Our new biplane catheterization lab will take a step forward with upgraded electrophysiology capabilities to allow us to care for patients who have electrical dysfunctions of the heart. This phase of construction also includes installation of the new nurse-call system. Nurses will carry individual phones, making it easier to identify exactly where they are at any time. The call system will also be programmed to ring at 5 minutes before the hour to remind nurses to do patient rounds.

Needless to say, as the building has taken shape, the excitement and enthusiasm in the community has been building. The residents of Richardson and surrounding communities of Plano, Wylie, Murphy, Garland, Rockwall, and Sachse are looking forward to having this wonderful new facility on the east side of Richardson. We expect to treat around 5,000 inpatients during our first full year of service in the new building.

We will be adding approximately 100 new employees representing jobs across the organization. We expect to begin hiring after the first of the year. Not only will this provide expanded health care capabilities to the community, it will also boost the local economy.

If you’re looking to expand your career with a growing health care organization, then it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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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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Local Officials and Business Leaders Join Methodist Charlton Open House Celebration for New Patient Care Units

Campus Adds New Tower Units, Odyssey Hospice, and Select Specialty Hospital

Methodist Charlton Medical Center recently held an open house to celebrate several additions to the growing campus. These additions increase the number of hospital beds, and offer patients and the community more options in their continuum of care.

Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE, addresses guests attending the open house.

Methodist Charlton invested $27.3 million in this most recent expansion and renovation, which adds 35 new patient care beds and additional patient

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care units. Three additional patient units are now open in the new patient tower to provide specialty care in cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, and oncology, and offer upgraded amenities to patients and families. The postcoronary interventional care unit (PCIU) was also relocated and enlarged to almost double its previous size to support cardiology patients.

“This expansion demonstrates Methodist Charlton’s ongoing commitment to our community,” says Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE. “Our ultimate goal is to better meet the needs of our community and improve the care that we provide to our patients each and every day.”

To further support the health care needs of the community, Methodist Charlton has leased space in the original tower of the hospital to Odyssey Hospice, an independent provider operating an inpatient hospice unit, and Select Specialty Hospital, an independent provider of inpatient long term acute care. Odyssey and Select bring much needed services to the southern Dallas County community and allow Methodist Charlton patients to receive hospice and long term acute care services without being transferred to another facility. The Odyssey inpatient hospice unit at Methodist Charlton is the only one in Dallas County located inside a hospital.

The expansion is also expected to enhance the patients’ experience throughout the hospital. The additional 35 patient beds will help place patients from the emergency department in their inpatient rooms more quickly. With these transitions and expansions, approximately 85 percent of patients (not including Select Specialty Hospital or Odyssey Hospice units) will be placed in the new patient tower upon admission.

The open house celebration included prayer by Methodist Charlton Advisory Board Member the Rev. Jim Bowden, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Duncanville, as well as a tour of the new patient care area. Making remarks were Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE, Methodist Charlton president; Delia Jasso, Dallas city council member District 1; Joe Gordon, president of Select Medical’s hospital division; Ron Crossno, MD, Odyssey Hospice senior national medical director; and Curtistene McCowan, Methodist Charlton advisory board member and DeSoto city council member.

Note to editor: Photos available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/OdysseySelectOpenHouse

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.

Odyssey Hospice and Select Specialty Hospital are independent, legal entities separate from Methodist Health System, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, or any other affiliated institution.

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Methodist Richardson Medical Center Announces $120 Million Expansion

By Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE
President, Methodist Richardson Medical Center

The city of Richardson just got some great news. Methodist Richardson Medical Center is planning a $120 million, four-story, 125-bed acute care hospital for the Bush/Renner campus. As the leader of Methodist Richardson, I’m proud, excited, and keenly aware of the tremendous responsibility our organization has to care for the well-being of the residents of Richardson and surrounding communities. For more than 40 years, the patients and families in our service area have trusted us with their health. Now we are pleased to strengthen our commitment to them with the construction of this advanced, 266,000-square-foot medical center.

The final design for the new Bush/Renner medical center involved visiting many health care facilities across the country to evaluate work flow efficiencies, comfort, patient- and family-friendliness, and overall contribution to healing. Our final design brings the best ideas together to create what will be one of the leading health care facilities in the country.

The new medical center will feature:

  • A women’s pavilion
  • A level III neonatal intensive care unit
  • Labor, delivery, and recovery services
  • Advanced cardiac care including catheterization, electrophysiology, and
    surgical services
  • Advanced neurosciences program
  • Outpatient surgical services with a focus on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® robotic surgical system
  • Comprehensive imaging technologies for enhanced diagnostic services and treatment.

The facility’s all-private patient rooms will incorporate a unique, highly efficient design with three distinct zones — the family zone next to the window, the patient zone around the bed, and the caregiver zone surrounding the patient zone.

The architectural design of the medical center incorporates lots of glass, bringing natural light into patient care and lobby areas. Outpatient services will be conveniently located on the ground floor, and many of our employee break rooms will have outside balconies, enabling staff to easily step outside for a breath of fresh air.

What benefits will this new Bush/Renner medical center offer and how does it integrate with our current medical center on Campbell Road? The facility is really the means to achieving a desired outcome. It will put the latest diagnostic and treatment resources at the fingertips of our exceptional team of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to provide our patients and families with the quality of care and outstanding experience that will help them regain their optimal state of health. It will also serve as the anchor of the Bush/Renner campus that currently includes a comprehensive cancer center, full-service emergency room, and physician office building.

After ground is broken in late summer or early fall 2012, construction is expected to take 24 months. The opening of the medical center in fall 2014 will bring a realignment of health care services to better serve the growing needs of the community. Acute care services will be centralized at the Bush/Renner medical center, while the Campbell Road campus will continue to offer a full-service emergency department, outpatient diagnostic and laboratory services, behavioral health services, and physician office building, and we will be adding long-term acute care, hospice, and inpatient rehabilitation services. By adding these acute care services at the Bush-Renner campus, we will be able to expand the scope of Methodist Richardson’s caring network to the growing communities of Wylie, Sachse,
and Murphy.

In addition to improving the health of the communities we serve, we will be improving
the area’s economic vitality. We’re adding 100 new positions, resulting in a total employee base of 1,000. We’re also expanding our medical expertise with physicians representing
35 specialties.

The expansion at the Bush/Renner campus along with the specialized services available at the Campbell location will equip Methodist Richardson with the ability to meet the needs of our community, allowing us to be the trusted provider for every generation.

If you’re looking for new opportunities to expand your career, then it’s time to choose Methodist. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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