Category: Nursing Awards

Tiffany Gonzales, a G.R.E.A.T. Addition to the Methodist Family

By Sharina Arceneaux, MSN, RN-BC
Medical-Surgical Clinical Educator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

 

June 16 is a day that I will never forget. It’s the day I met Tiffany Gonzales after her first day of work in the environmental services department at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. It’s also the day that I knew Tiffany was going to be a terrific addition to the Methodist Health System family.

I had just left work. As I was driving past the Methodist Dallas campus, I noticed two Dallas Police cars pulled over with their lights flashing, so I stopped to see what was going on. I saw Tiffany sitting on the ground next to a woman who she said had just had a seizure. She told me how long the seizure had lasted and what she had done to care for the woman. I waited with her until the ambulance arrived and the patient was safely transported.

Tiffany was the right person in the right place at the right time for this woman. Tiffany’s own health history includes seizures, so she knew exactly what to do to keep the woman safe, including flagging Dallas Police and calling 911 for help. She undoubtedly saved the woman from further harm and injury by preventing her from falling on the sidewalk or into the path of oncoming cars.

What impressed me about Tiffany was her courage and her willingness to stop and help someone in trouble. Not many people these days would do that. I also was impressed with her skills of observation, her obvious caring attitude, her ability to clearly provide details about the woman’s condition, and her strength to remain calm throughout the entire episode.

Tiffany may not have been clinically trained, but what I later learned is that she wants to be a nurse. In fact, she is finishing her classes so she can apply to the El Centro College Associate Degree Nursing Program at Methodist Health System. No wonder she was so observant and caring. It all made sense then.

Tiffany recalled seeing the woman in a zombie-like state at the bus stop. “I knew I had to help this woman,” she told me. “Because I have experienced seizures, I immediately knew what to do. This episode has strengthened my resolve to become a nurse. Besides my job at Methodist Dallas, I also work as a paraprofessional in the special education department at a charter school. I work with many children who have special needs, including a student who was born without arms. She has helped me to understand what it means to care for others who can’t do for themselves. Nursing is the perfect career for me.”

When we leave work, we’re often preoccupied with things that we need to do next — like get home to our families and go to the store. That’s why Tiffany’s actions are so remarkable. In spite of the fact that she’s a single mom with three children who works two jobs, she stopped to help a stranger. Her medical history definitely puts her more in tune with other people’s needs because she’s known both sides of the story.

Tiffany also told me that everything she does, she does in the spirit of excellence. “When I saw this woman on the street, my caretaking instincts kicked in,” she remarked. “I didn’t want anything to happen to this woman. If something is not right, I zoom in and focus on a solution until the situation is remedied.”

I have no doubt that Tiffany is going to be an EXCELLENT nurse! That’s why I nominated her for the G.R.E.A.T. Award to recognize her for her attitude and her willingness to go the extra mile for someone. She truly exemplifies the spirit of the Methodist Dallas family. They put their own needs aside to help others.

If you’re ready to join a team that values and mirrors Tiffany’s commitment to caring, consider Methodist Health System. To learn more, visit us at Jobs.MethodistHealthSytem.org.

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Methodist Dallas First Hospital in DFW To Receive Baby-Friendly Designation

by Pamala Gessling, MBA, BSN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing, Women and Children’s Services
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

February 10, 2015, was a big day for moms and their babies at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. That’s the day the hospital became the first health care organization in Dallas County to receive the Baby-Friendly birth facility designation from Baby-Friendly USA.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

I was extremely proud and happy for our wonderful staff and physicians who worked so hard to help Methodist Dallas attain this top certification for family-centered care. Every nurse who cares for mothers and their babies received 20 hours of extensive training. Our physicians each received three hours of education. These standards are part of national quality core measures, and breastfeeding is now a reportable measure for The Joint Commission.

Based on the universally accepted Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, obtaining the Baby-Friendly designation required a huge commitment on the part of the hospital. It began with our decision to implement shared-care nursing in 2012. This is a model of nursing in which the same nurse provides care for mother and her baby in the same room. This dramatic departure from traditional postpartum care was based on research that showed having babies close to their mothers helps the new moms learn their babies’ cues, supports the bonding process, and better prepares moms to succeed and have a good experience when they take their babies home.

Why is Methodist Dallas so committed to helping new moms successfully breastfeed their babies? In the new health care environment that focuses on improving care outcomes and patient experiences, pursuing the Baby-Friendly designation was simply the right thing to do. Breastfeeding is best for infants and mothers for many reasons:

  • It’s natural
  • Babies who are breastfed are less likely to be obese or develop diabetes
  • It supports the critical bonding between mothers and babies
  • It provides an opportunity to educate moms before they take their babies home.

Most moms don’t know that even one sip of baby formula changes the intestinal flora of their babies’ stomachs. That means formula-fed babies are more likely to develop bacteria that’s not normal for them to have. It’s best for babies to keep the flora that they are born with to help them fight all kinds of infections. In short, it’s healthier for the babies. Moms benefit from breastfeeding because it helps them return to their prepregnancy weight and get back in shape faster. Plus, breastfeeding is less expensive than purchasing baby formula.

It takes about two days post delivery to begin producing breast milk. These first few days, mothers produce a low-fat, high-protein milk called colostrum, which provides all the nutrients and fluid that newborns need in the early days, as well as many substances to protect babies against infections. Babies’ stomachs are about the size of a marble when they are born. Breastfeeding babies will stop nursing when they are full. Often, we unintentionally teach formula-fed babies to overeat. Our goal is to help new moms establish breastfeeding the first few days. We help them better understand their babies and learn how to pick up cues that they are hungry. This helps ensure a better experience and outcome down the road.

If moms choose not to breastfeed, we will of course support their decision and provide the same outstanding care we provide to moms who do choose to breastfeed. Most important, our goal is to help educate moms so they can make informed decisions. We have a huge obesity issue in the U.S., and we have a relatively low exclusive breastfeeding rate. I’m gratified to report that since Methodist Dallas began the program, the number of moms who are exclusively breastfeeding their babies has climbed to 54 percent. That’s huge for us.

By obtaining the Baby-Friendly designation, we are empowering women to naturally breastfeed their babies to help them get a healthier start in life. We’re here to support them, regardless of their feeding choices, so they can get a good start on raising their children. Our staff believes in the value of this effort and is committed to strictly following the standards established by Baby-Friendly USA.

Several years ago, Methodist Health System’s President and CEO, Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, set out to achieve his vision of creating one of the healthiest health care organizations in America by 2016. To achieve this vision, we need to educate our patients and the communities we serve about choices and healthy lifestyles. It’s a powerful tool to get healthy and stay healthy and that’s certainly one of the foundational principles of Baby-Friendly USA.

If you’re ready to join one of the healthiest health care systems in the U.S., consider Methodist Health System. To learn more, visit us at Jobs.MethodistHealthSytem.org.

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Celebrating Our Nurses

Irene Strejc, MPH, BSN, RN, CENP, ACHE
Vice President Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

One of my favorite times of year is upon us — National Nurses Week. May 6-12 has been set aside as the time for the entire country to celebrate the profession of nursing and thank nurses everywhere for their selfless dedication to others.

My desire to be a nurse started at a very young age. When I was 5 years old, I was hospitalized for flulike symptoms. Even at that young point in my life, I was impressed with the kindness and graciousness of the nurses who cared for me. Perhaps it was because I come from a long line of family members who have deep roots in health care, but I wanted to continue the tradition. When I became a teen, I volunteered at a hospital, then went on to finish a two-year associate’s degree so I could immediately begin caring for others. After working a few years, I realized the vast potential that a nursing career offered, so I went back to school and earned a Bachelor in Nursing then my Master of Public Health.

Each year, I look forward to recognizing nurses during this special week because I think it provides an opportunity to consider the characteristics and values that drive individuals to enter nursing. It also creates a public forum to officially recognize and thank all of our nurses for their selfless dedication to others and the differences they makes in patients’ lives each and every day.

Nursing is the linchpin that brings everything together. Nurses are the eyes and ears of the physicians when they can’t be at the hospital. Working together, physicians and nurses can provide timely, appropriate, patient-centered care. Physicians tell us every day how much they appreciate the spirit of partnership they share with our nurses as they work to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. Year after year, patient surveys indicate that nurses are one of the most trusted members of the health care team. In fact, patients’ attitudes toward their nurses are the most highly correlated components of the patient experience in terms of overall satisfaction. We consistently receive comments from patients thanking their nurses for keeping them informed throughout their care, teaching them about caring for themselves once they leave the hospital, and demonstrating an ability to anticipate their needs before they have to push the call light.

What is the profile of a good nurse? First, nurses have a strong altruistic need to care for people at the most vulnerable times of their lives. There’s no greater contribution you can give to others than to be with them, care for them, and support them and their families during times of personal health crises. In general, nurses are also highly intelligent, good problem solvers, caring and compassionate, dedicated to their profession and to the well-being of their patients, and willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of their patients.

As I speak with nursing graduates today, two themes come through loud and clear. First, nursing is a financially rewarding career that weathers economic down turns. Second, it offers many career options — hospital, physician’s office, rehab, hospice, home health, case management, quality assurance, insurance companies, state agencies, and many other related careers.

At Methodist Richardson Medical Center this week, we are holding several celebratory events that will feature guest speakers, food, and time to socialize with fellow nurses. We’ll be doing clinical rounding throughout the hospital to support our nurses where they work. In addition, we will be presenting two awards — Nurse of the Year and Rookie Nurse of the Year — as we springboard into celebrating National Hospital Week the following week. Our celebrations are from the heart, overflowing with deep appreciation and admiration.

Truly it’s a special privilege to stand with each one of our nurses every day. Caring for our patients and their families is a team effort and each member is an all-star. Together, nurses and other members of the care team are improving clinical care and enhancing the level of service we provide to those who trust us with their overall health and well-being.

If you’re ready to celebrate your career as a nurse, consider Methodist Health System. To learn more, visit us at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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Seven Methodist Health System Nurses Named to Dallas-Fort Worth Great 100 2015

Do you remember the classic movie that was released in 1960, “The Magnificent Seven?” The movie focused on a small town that hired seven men to help protect its citizens. We think all of our nurses are magnificent, and especially the seven Methodist Health System nurses who have been named DFW Great 100 Nurses 2015. This award is recognized throughout the nursing community in the DFW Metroplex as an esteemed honor and prestigious accomplishment. Here are brief snapshots of each of the distinguished honorees. We are proud to call them family.

Sherri Floyd, BSN, RN, Risk Manager, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Sherri has been a nurse at Methodist Dallas for 22 years. She spent 19 years in the surgical intensive care unit and the last three years in the risk management department.

“The most important value a Great 100 Nurse can have is passion. Nurses are compassionate by nature, but we must have that passion, that fire in the gut, to facilitate change and growth. My goal as risk manager is to assure that each bedside nurse can make a difference for all patients. I work daily with nurses and managers to increase patient safety as well as that of the employee. I have driven from Fort Worth to Methodist Dallas all of these years because Methodist is my family. I can’t imagine working at any other hospital.”

Karrie Klein, RNC-OB, Staff Nurse, Labor and Delivery, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Karrie has been a labor and delivery nurse at Methodist Mansfield since 2008.

“The most important value a Great 100 Nurse can have is commitment — commitment to making nursing your lifestyle, not just a 12-hour job. Sometimes, an empathetic nurse is all the family and visitors have to look forward to. Everything we do supports families and patients when they are at their most vulnerable. I think a Great 100 Nurse has an innate gift of unconditional compassion and a mission to promote quality of life. We work to positively impact not only our patients, but also our work unit by finding ways to improve patient care and satisfaction. That also means reaching beyond the hospital’s doors and into the community to provide education and promote community health.”

Cindy Lantz, RN, Nurse Manager, Observation Unit, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Cindy has been a nurse at Methodist Dallas for 15 years.

“I feel very humbled to receive this award. I work with a great team of people. I truly love being a nurse, and I hope I am helping to make a difference for others. My philosophy is that we shouldn’t define our patients by their diagnoses. Every patient has a story, a reason that brought him or her to our doors, a life before he or she became sick or injured. I make it a point to take a few minutes to talk to each of my patients about their life, to get to know them as a person, not just a diagnosis.”

Cassie Oden, RN, CEN, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Cassie has been a nurse at Methodist Dallas for seven years.

“I am very pleased to have been selected as one of DFW’s Great 100 Nurses. I never thought I would be chosen for such an award. It is such an honor. I have always strived to give my best to every patient. In the emergency department (ED), we deal with people of all ages with a wide range of injury and illness acuity. A large part of our job is providing compassionate care to our patients and comforting their family during life-changing events. This is especially important after the death of a loved one. My advice to other nurses is to give the best care you can to every patient. Be compassionate and remember that the patient’s family needs care, too. Never stop learning or improving yourself.”

Nancy Valant, BSN, RN, CEN, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Nancy has been a nurse at Methodist Dallas for 29 years. She was a member of the first intensive care unit (ICU) internship class.

“There are several values that a Great 100 Nurse has — integrity, experience, knowledge, respect from co-workers and management, and the willingness to keep learning. After spending seven years in the ICU, I transferred to the ED for a more active environment and have been here ever since. I love the teamwork and the cohesiveness, plus we see a great variety of patient illnesses and trauma. I feel I can make a difference in the lives of my patients, and I get a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction from my job that I don’t get anywhere else.”

John Vo, MSN, RN, Director, Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Services, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
John has been with Methodist Dallas for 14 years.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized as a Great 100 Nurse. Why am I in nursing today? When I was in college, I had to be hospitalized. There, I experienced two kinds of nursing care — one nurse who was compassionate and caring and another who was not so much. That influenced my career decision to go into health care and be the kind of nurse who patients and families could really depend on. I am committed to give them the very best care possible. Today, when I talk with nurses who are considering changing jobs, I tell them to come to Methodist. ‘You won’t get lost in a big corporate structure. The culture is welcoming and friendly. And everyone is willing to help.’ I’m blessed to work with such a talented group of people.”

Judy VonEhr, RN, BSN, Manager, NICU and Neonatal Transport Team, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Judy has been with Methodist Dallas for two years.

“I always wanted to be a nurse, so it’s no surprise I’ve had a 36-year nursing career. My passion has always been to work with children, so I eventually became a neonatal intensive care unit nurse. The greatest gratification I get from my work is taking care of a very small infant who may be really sick, then seeing that child with his or her family thriving a few years later. Seeing what a difference I can make for these babies and their families is so rewarding. Methodist is one of the greatest places I’ve ever worked. Every day I feel that I’m supported by my colleagues and by our leadership.”

The DFW Great 100 Nurses was launched in 1991 as a celebration that raises the awareness of the area’s 40,000 practicing nurses’ contributions, including patient care, research, leadership, education, and community service. In addition, the celebration builds the image of nursing through positive reinforcement of the profession as a scientific art and the recognition of those who exemplify excellence. It is a special honor for a nurse to be nominated by patients, their family members, peers, former teachers, physicians, and administrators.

If you’re ready to join a great organization that emphasizes professionalism, collaboration, and accountability to each other, consider Methodist Health System. To learn more, visit us at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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Methodist Health System Receives Prestigious Texas Award for Performance Excellence

03/10/2015

Today Methodist Health System announced it has received the distinguished Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) from the Quality Texas Foundation. This award establishes Methodist Health System as a consistent leader in quality care, and a state role model for achieving sustained performance excellence.

“Recognition through the Texas Award for Performance Excellence is the culmination of a journey to excellence that began with the unfailing dedication of our staff and physicians to live out our mission, vision and values each and every day,” said Methodist Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff. “We are proud to receive this well-respected honor. Achieving this award was a team effort. The examiners cited our family-like culture and emphasis on continual process improvement as key success factors.”

TAPE employs the full set of performance excellence criteria used for the national Baldridge quality award. The TAPE recognition is the result of a comprehensive application process that includes a demonstration of performance excellence in the areas of organizational leadership, strategic planning, customer and workforce focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, and process management and results. Onsite visits were conducted by state examiners at each campus.

Photograph and logo is available at http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/photo-TAPE-logo-MethodistMansfield-2015

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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For 11th Consecutive Year: Methodist Health System Named Among North Texas’ Best Places to Work

6/19/14

For the eleventh consecutive year, the Dallas Business Journal recognized Methodist Health System as one of the Best Places to Work in North Texas. Methodist placed 6th in large businesses from 60 finalists in small, medium, and large companies across Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, Denton, and immediately adjacent counties.

Winning honorees and specific rankings were announced June 19 during an awards luncheon at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel and will be featured in a special edition of the publication. Additionally, Methodist was the highest ranked health system in the large business category and the only health system to place as a finalist for at least 11 years of the 12-year program.

“Being recognized for 11 years in a row as a best place to work is a tremendous accomplishment for our Methodist family,” says Methodist Health System President and CEO Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE. “I believe this honor reflects our mission to not only serve our patients and their families, but to create and maintain a work environment that serves our most valued asset – our employees.”

Methodist employees voted their workplace as a 2014 Best Places to Work site through surveys conducted by the Dallas Business Journal in the regional employer recognition program. Participation is open to companies across Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, Denton, and immediately adjacent counties.

Selection is based on employee responses to surveys and hundreds of Methodist Health System employees voted in the competition by completing an extensive online survey. Surveys reflect topics such as work environment, innovations and new ideas, people practices, personal growth and development, leadership in the organization, employee recognition, and how things work day to day. Competition is divided into three different categories: small businesses (1-99 North Texas employees); mid-sized businesses (100-499 local employees); and large businesses (500 or more local employees).

To earn the prestigious designation, companies must meet or exceed a national best practice score for their category, as determined by an independent research company performing more than 5,000 company surveys across the country each year.

In May, Methodist was recognized as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review for the fourth year in a row.

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

5/23/14

Amanda Truelove

Three Methodist Health System nurses are 2014 South Region Nurse.com 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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org/Photo-2014-Nurse-Excellence-Finalists.

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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Nine Methodist Health System Nurses Selected to DFW Great 100 Nurses

4/21/14

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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Methodist Dallas Medical Center

  • 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 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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13 Methodist Health System Nurses Honored for D Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

2/28/14

Thirteen Methodist Health System nurses were honored for D Magazine’s third annual Excellence in Nursing Awards for dedicating their lives to make North Texas a healthier place. Two of the 13 received the distinction as best in their category including Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s Kimberly Green, RNC-OB, Nurse Manager for Labor and Delivery in the Women’s Service category, and Methodist Dallas NICU staff nurse, Lee Lee, RN, BSN in the Neonatal category.

“Our 2014 finalists and winners not only exemplify excellence in nursing, they also serve as mentors and role models for others due to their compassion and clinical expertise,” Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff says. “Methodist Health System is proud of these dedicated individuals who are deserving of being named as winners and finalists for this recognition.”

More than 450 registered nurses were nominated across 25 categories in the Dallas awards from local hospitals, private practices, doctors, and patients. D Magazine praised the men and women who won awards for their “hard work, sharp minds and easy bedside manner,” noting that they “go above and beyond to make North Texas a healthier place to live.”

The 13 Methodist Health System nurse finalists honored at the publication’s ceremony were: • Evelina Echols-Sutton, BSN, RN; and Consuela Mendoza, RN from Methodist Charlton • Althea Aubrey, RN,; Kim Green, RNC-OB; Michelle Hendricks, BSN, RN;  Lee Lee, BSN, RN; Tony Paterniti, Ph.D., RN; Crystal Ramirez, RN; and Nancy Sweeney, BSN, RN, CHPN from Methodist Dallas • Stacey Jantzen, BSN, MSN, RN; Melissa Mitchel, RN; Kathy Ripley, BSN, MBA, RN, CGRN; and Amanda Truelove, BSN,RNC-OB from Methodist Mansfield.

To learn more about these remarkable nurses visit: dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2014/march/the-excellence-in-dallas-nursing-awards-2014

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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Award-winning Care from Award-winning Employees

By Jim O’Reilly
Interim Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Methodist Health System

When you think about it, hospitals don’t win awards, people do. At the heart of every honor a hospital receives are its outstanding employees, physicians, and volunteers. When we use the term award winning, we back it up with our people and our services. In the Methodist Health System culture, winning an award is truly a family affair and a reason to celebrate.

Why, you might ask, has Methodist garnered so many awards over the years? It boils down to culture and the priority the organization’s leaders place on achieving and maintaining excellence. We know that our culture nurtures and encourages employee engagement. Engaged employees are committed employees who see their careers not just as jobs, but as their life’s calling to help others deal with illness and injury and recover their health and dignity. In fact, knowing that our employees are highly engaged helps to explain the impressive scores we achieve on quality and patient experience.

Let me briefly review some of the awards Methodist and our employees have received:

  • Named a Best Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal for the 10th consecutive year, a record for Dallas–Fort Worth health care providers
  • Named as having one of the nation’s most engaged workforces per the 2013 Excellence in Engagement award by The Advisory Board LLC
  • Nine Methodist nurses were named Great 100 Nurses in 2013
  • Fifteen Methodist nurses were named D Magazine Excellence in Nursing finalists
  • Eight Methodist nurses were named Nursing Excellence finalists for the South Region by Nurse.com
  • And the list goes on.

We recognize that these awards are more than bragging rights. They truly mean something and help to substantiate the positive trends we are seeing in the metrics
we follow to gauge our performance. Our staff is connecting with our mission and the purposeful work we do. They trust our leaders, and that creates a strong bond and meaningful partnership. The end result is a fierce sense of pride and shared feeling of
“job well done.” That’s something you can’t buy — it has to be developed through words and actions.

For Methodist, the bottom line is that our health system is only as good as our people,
our caregivers. They are the faces, the hearts, and the souls behind the awards we receive. They are helping us move medicine forward through the noble work they do each and every day.

If you’re ready to join an organization that values awards because it values the people behind them, then it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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