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Step It Up in 2015!

By Carrie Camin
Assistant Vice President, Wellness
Methodist Health System

I think King Julien from the “Madagascar” movies has the right idea for a 2015 resolution — move it! Making the New Year an active one could well be one of the healthiest ways to pave the road ahead.

Research has shown the overwhelming positive effects of regular activity. It doesn’t have to be a marathon, though. A casual bike ride or a walk around the neighborhood with a friend can be as beneficial as more strenuous exercise that can lead to possible injuries later in life. Cardiovascular exercise keeps the old ticker in tune and is critical to improved overall well-being.

Another important component for a healthier 2015 is resistance training to build and maintain lean muscle mass. Not a member of a gym? That’s okay. You can easily set up resistance training routines around your home using stairs, light weights, or floor exercises such as straight leg raises and planks.

Regular activity has many positive benefits:

  • Promotes good cholesterol, which can help you avoid the costly effects of
    chronic illness
  • Boosts metabolism and increases circulation throughout your body
  • Enhances your mood so you feel better about yourself and your health
  • Improves your ability to be a better spouse, friend, or co-worker as your
    mood-elevating endorphins get a boost
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves your chances for an extended quality of life by helping you stay
    mobile, maintain your balance, and improve your flexibility to help you
    remain independent.

Did you know that regular activity has been correlated to extended life expectancy? According to research*, you’ll get an extra 1.8 years from 75 minutes of brisk walking
per week, 3.4 additional years from 150 to 299 minutes of brisk walking per week, an
extra 4.5 years from 450 minutes, as well as an eye-popping 7.2 years by maintaining a healthy weight.

But if activity is so beneficial and physicians routinely recommend it to their patients for weight loss and lower cholesterol, then why aren’t more people moving it? According to some experts, the obvious benefits of activity often take months to become apparent. This runs counter to our instant-gratification society that wants immediate payoff for hard work and exercise.

The rule of thumb to follow is at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. Ready to get moving? Here are some tips for getting active in 2015:

  • Start with walking and walk every day.
  • Have a dog? Walk your dog 15 minutes, twice a day.
  • Take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator.
  • Participate in an exercise-related activity you enjoy such as dance, yoga, or sports.
  • Even gardening, cleaning house, and doing yard work count toward your activity!

To round out your resolutions for a healthier 2015, use the other building blocks:

  • Nutrition keeps your engine moving, so you have to supply it with the right kind of fuel. Keep it simple. Eat things that have fewer than four ingredients. Buy items on the perimeter of the grocery store such as fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Most moderate exercise burns about 10 calories per minute, so if you walk for 30 minutes, you’ll only burn 300 calories. Remember that activity should not be viewed as license to increase your normal caloric intake.
  • Rest. Getting plenty of rest — seven to eight hours per night — to help you deal better with stressful situations and stay more mentally alert.
  • Hydration. Water is a major component of our bodies. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day keeps us in balance. Having a glass of water before eating also tames hunger.

Finally, give up the guilt. It’s the primary barrier that keeps us from reaching our well-being goals. Focus on what you do well and what you’ve achieved. Dwelling on an indulgence or skipped workout won’t help you achieve your goals. Put things in perspective and take every opportunity to celebrate.

If you’re ready to get moving and achieve your career goals, it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting

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*Source: Research collaboration between the U.S.-based Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute quantified how much longer people can live depending on the levels of exercise they engage in.

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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

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Methodist Health System Becomes Newest Member of Mayo Clinic Care Network


Mayo Clinic and Methodist Health System (Methodist) officials announced today that Methodist has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Methodist, one of North Texas’ oldest nonprofit health systems, was selected following a comprehensive evaluation that ranged from its clinical and business practices to quality, safety and service efforts and patient satisfaction.

Mayo Clinic and Methodist share a common philosophy and commitment to improve the delivery of health care through high-quality, collaborative medical care.

“Methodist is home to some of the most accomplished and preeminent physicians in the Southwest,” says Stephen Mansfield, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO, Methodist Health System. “Working with Mayo Clinic through the Mayo Clinic Care Network will be accretive for Methodist physicians and will afford access to world class Mayo Clinic specialization for patients treated at Methodist Health System.”

The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic’s knowledge to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. Methodist physicians will now be able to collaborate with Mayo Clinic on patient care, community health and innovative health care delivery. Using digital technology to consult and share knowledge, these physicians will have access to the latest evidence-based medical information and will connect with Mayo specialists on questions related to complex medical cases.

“The Mayo Clinic Care Network is about strengthening existing relationships with high-quality, like-minded health care institutions for the benefit of our patients,” says David Hayes, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network. “Our colleagues at Methodist are well-known for their excellent patient care in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are proud to welcome them to the network and look forward to continued collaboration.”

Mayo Clinic Care Network members have a close working relationship with Mayo Clinic and access to tools and services that promote collaboration and serve to complement provider expertise, including:

  • eConsults to allow network physicians to connect electronically with Mayo Clinic specialists when they want additional input regarding a patient’s care.
  • AskMayoExpert to provide point-of-care information compiled by Mayo physicians on disease management, care guidelines, treatment recommendations and reference materials for a wide variety of medical conditions.
  • eTumor Board Conferences to allow physicians to present and discuss management of complex cancer cases with a Mayo Clinic multidisciplinary panel and other members of the network.

In addition to health care provider-focused tools, Methodist will also have access to Mayo Clinic Health Care Consulting, a service that allows members to learn how Mayo operates and how its clinical care and practice are designed and implemented.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Methodist to collaborate with Mayo Clinic to enhance patient care,” says Sam Bagchi, M.D., vice president, chief medical informatics officer and chief quality officer, Methodist Health System. “The addition of Mayo Clinic Care Network resources provides a unique opportunity to align our core values of innovation and quality so that Methodist patients gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise while they continue to receive their care as close to home as possible.”

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents nonownership relationships between Mayo Clinic and network members. The network, which began in 2011, now has 31 members that extend to 18 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, please visit and

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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3 Methodist Health System Nurses Named Nursing Excellence Finalists for South Region


Amanda Truelove

Three Methodist Health System nurses are 2014 South Region nursing excellence GEM Award regional finalists in Texas. Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s Manager of Labor and Delivery Amanda Truelove and Clinical Coordinator Kalinda Longino are finalists in the categories of clinical nursing inpatient and home, community and ambulatory care, respectively. Methodist Charlton Medical Center’s Director of Education Lisa Murphy is a finalist in education and mentorship.

They are among 18 nurses from the Texas South Region who were honored this year. One nurse finalist in six categories will be named a Texas regional winner and will advance to the national awards program with winners being announced in the fall. All Methodist honorees were nominated by colleagues and were selected by a panel of expert judges through a blind review process.

Kalinda Longino

Truelove is being honored for efforts in reducing early elective deliveries and for being recognized nationally for her efforts to decrease harm by encouraging moms to wait until 39 weeks to electively deliver. Longino is being honored for her work to improve SCIP measures in surgical services and for going above and beyond when caring for outpatients. Murphy is being honored for her coaching and mentoring of future nurses, and for creating an education department from the ground up that has expanded and flourished under her leadership.

“These employees are known for their clinical excellence, positive attitudes, and compassion for quality health care,” Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff says. “They extend that same care and dedication to our community and are well deserving of this honor.”

Lisa Murphy

Note to editor: Photos of the three awardees are available at

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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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

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What can you do now that you couldn’t do three months ago?

“I can exercise for an hour or longer without feeling exhausted. I can wear clothes from my closet that I have not worn in the last year. I can also wear clothes that are a size smaller.” “I went shopping for uniforms and I was able to buy a smaller size. It has been a while since I was able to look at a smaller size. I was very excited!”

What is the most significant change that you have made
in your eating habits?

“I eat healthier. I now focus on green, leafy vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. I do NOT eat candy and chips everyday like I did before starting the program. Instead, I’ve learned to choose healthier snacks like light popcorn, fruits, yogurt, and protein bars.” “My eating habits have changed significantly. I no longer eat fast-food burgers and fries. I don’t eat any fried foods at all. I increased my fresh fruits and vegetables. I bake or grill my meat. I include all of the food groups each day. One food group can’t provide everything your body needs for good, healthy eating.”

What part of the I Am Methodist Health program
has helped you the most?

“Checking in with Michelle, my wellness coach, every week was very helpful. She always gave me positive advice. If I had a bad week, she helped me to figure out why. The weekly weigh in was also helpful and caused me to be more disciplined.” “I think the weekly meetings and the coaching from my health coach, Michelle, has helped me stay on track. Also, talking to others who are trying to do the same thing you are and seeing the different things they are doing to help them stay on track and be successful.”

What advice do you give your co-workers to help them make healthy lifestyle changes?

“Just get started! Make small changes to your diet and exercise and eventually you will make it a part of your daily routine.” “I would like to tell my co-workers and friends that making a healthy lifestyle change will make a better, healthier you. Healthy eating will improve your energy level and your mental and emotional health. It will also help you lose weight. Healthy eating is a complete lifestyle change. You are only given one body —why not take care of it?”

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Celebrating the Spirit and Dedication of Our Nurses

By Tony Paterniti, PhD, RN
Director of Education
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Today is the last day of National Nurses Week, an annual observance dedicated to the high calling of the nursing profession and honoring those who have chosen to serve others.

Across Methodist Health System, we strive to honor and recognize our outstanding nurses throughout the year. We do this in many ways:

  • Our professional advancement program enables nurses to move up in their careers and provides opportunities to recognize their achievements as they progress from novice to seasoned caregiver.
  • Our unit-based council structure provides an avenue for nurses to give input on caring for patients on their unit and throughout the hospital.
  • Our collaborative nursing program with El Centro College encourages not only our employees but also their family members to become registered nurses.
  • Our generous tuition reimbursement program inspires our nurses to continue the lifelong pursuit of nursing education.

Perhaps no other human being has had a greater impact on health care than Florence Nightingale. A young Victorian woman born to a wealthy family, she heard the whisper of God’s voice to improve the well-being of her fellow man by improving the perception and skills of the primary caregivers — nurses. Her efforts added enormous credibility to the profession of nursing, raising it from a rudimentary practice to a noble service. Her gift was adding the human touch to caregiving, something that was missing up to that time. Her efforts to formalize nursing education eventually impacted health care delivery in every corner of the world. To bolster the effectiveness of the nurse, Nightingale worked diligently to change the physical environment in the hospital to be more conducive to the practice of nursing.

This year, Methodist Dallas Medical Center is bringing a special exhibit to the community to celebrate our nurses and their noble calling. The Florence Nightingale exhibit will be open from 2 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, in the main lobby of the hospital. The exhibit will provide a look at the development and history of the nursing profession. We feel this is one of the best ways to honor our nurses and recognize the critical role they play in helping our patients heal.

One of our educators is re-creating the dress that Nightingale wore. In fact, the lace being used on the dress and bonnet is from England. The exhibit features:

  • First-edition works by Florence Nightingale
  • Books from her personal library
  • An artisan’s representation of the pin given to her by Queen Victoria
  • And much more.

We hope you will make plans to help us celebrate nursing and our wonderful nurses by attending the Florence Nightingale exhibit — especially if you are a nurse. You’ll come away from the experience with a greater appreciation about the roots of your profession and how her spirit belongs to mankind. Because of her dedication, her work continues through you and your colleagues. You are the spiritual descendant of Florence Nightingale. You could belong to no better family.

If you’re ready to make a historic change in your career, then it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Visit

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Nine Methodist Health System Nurses Selected to DFW Great 100 Nurses


Nine Methodist Health System registered nurses (RN) will receive the 2014 DFW Great 100 Nurses award. Chosen from more than 800 nominees, recipients are recognized for being role models, leaders, community servants, compassionate caregivers, and significant contributors to the nursing professions.

Methodist nurses named to the Great 100 Nurses list include:

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  • Winifred Neal, RN, MSN
  • Joben Rieth, RN, BS, MBA
  • Lisa Roberts, RN, BSN, CCRN, NE-BC
  • Pat Jackson, RN, MA, CIC
  • Allison Vo, RN, BSN, OCN
  • Amanda Peña, RN, BSN, CA-SANE

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

  • Cindy Smith, RN
  • KaLinda Longino, RN, CAPA

Methodist Charlton Medical Center

  • Kathleen Landergan-Wallner, BSN, RNC-OB

“These nine nurses exemplify the care and compassion shown by all of our nurses, medical staff, and employees,” says

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Pamela Stoyanoff, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Methodist Health System. “We are proud and grateful for their leadership and for their dedication to their patients.”

Award recipients will be honored at The DFW Great 100 Nurses awards banquet, May 14 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The DFW Great 100 Nurses awards started in 1991 with a mission of recognizing registered nurses in North Texas for their contributions to the communities in which they live and practice both the art and science of nursing.

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.


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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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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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

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