Category: Patient Care

New Tower Signals New Opportunities for Nurses

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is growing to meet the community’s health care needs. That’s great news for nurses and other health care professionals. Methodist-Mansfield-Tower-Two-Entry-500

We’re so fortunate to be in a thriving service area. In fact, our service area population has grown 59 percent since the hospital opened. The community’s growing demand for health care services includes emergency, surgical, and acute medical, and our award-winning Women’s Center has experienced dramatic growth in births and neonatal intensive care services.

Why are we so excited about the new Tower Two? Here are some quick facts about the new 208,000-square-foot building:

  • 22 additional ICU beds
  • Expanded dialysis unit from three to eight beds
  • 32 additional cardiac telemetry beds
  • 32 additional postsurgical beds
  • Expanded telemetry monitoring capability to 144 units
  • 32 beds available for future expansion
  • Cath lab upgraded to accommodate electrophysiology procedures.

For nurses, Tower Two represents quality and safety improvements in the environment of care, including a new telemetry and nurse-call system to provide leading-edge patient monitoring and safety features. All rooms are WIFI ready for patients and visitors. The nurse-call system is integrated with the safety features of the patient’s bed to alert nursing staff when someone needs assistance without the patient having to call. In addition, increased space in Tower Two will enable us to build on specialized services such as neurosciences.

Methodist Mansfield employees have always enjoyed working in a top-notch, family-friendly facility. Tower Two takes this to the next level with expanded food services, cozy areas where staff can take a break and get away, and other amenities.

The new Tower Two is tangible evidence of the reputation our staff has established for delivering top-notch quality patient care. In fact, since our opening, we’ve been voted a Best Medical Facility, Best Maternity Ward, and Best Emergency Department in North Texas. A big part of our quality and commitment to excellence is our commitment to our employees. We truly are one big family, a team of health care professionals that strives day in and day out to deliver the best care to our patients and their families. Quality and patient safety are our highest priorities and community service is a hallmark of our culture.

New buildings facilitate our ability to achieve our mission, but it’s our people who make the difference. So with the opening of the new Tower Two, we’re looking for nurses, patient care technicians, and ancillary staff who are committed to providing compassionate, quality patient care. The best additions for our team are people who have a positive attitude and strive to do their best for every patient, every time.

If you’re ready to expand your career with a healthy, growing organization, consider Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. 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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Expanding Our Reach Through Accountable Care

by Purity Nyaga, MSN, RN
Clinical Director, Accountable Care Organization (MPCACO), Methodist Health System
In 2012, Methodist Health System waded into the new world of accountable care by being selected as a participant in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The ACO model was designed to provide beneficiaries with high-quality service and care while reducing overall expenditures by enhancing care coordination. To assure the achievement of this triple aim, CMS established 33 quality measures relating to care coordination and patient safety, identified appropriate use of preventive health services, improved care for at-risk populations, and enhanced the patient and caregiver experience of care.

Methodist was a pioneer in this care delivery arrangement. We applied for the MSSP and were accepted into the pilot program as the first ACO in North Texas. What’s more, we were the only ACO in the area to achieve cost savings

As an early adopter, Methodist Patient-Centered ACO (MPCACO) focused on doing everything we could to reduce costs, improve quality, and increase patient satisfaction. There were a lot of opportunities to serve our beneficiaries with needs that included transportation, food, finding doctors and equipment, and so on. We saw lives changed and made a lot of friends in the process. Above all, we were able to positively affect a significant number of beneficiaries’ lives, which in turn resulted in lower readmission rates, reduced unnecessary emergency room visits, and decreased avoidable hospitalizations. When CMS announced the first-year results, we were amazed — $12.7 million in savings!  We were off to a great start.

You may be wondering why Methodist leadership decided to pursue this new venture. Our leadership was looking for innovative ways to fulfill our mission and vision. They were assertive and wanted us to be part of the solution to the health care challenges that face the entire industry.

Since 2012, we have seen the broad range of benefits that an ACO offers to patients, providers, and the community as a whole. Besides the cost savings, we have been able to document improvement in the quality of care for the beneficiaries covered by our organization. Our navigators have seen more than 3,000 patients. Even more important, we’ve seen individual lives impacted and changed for the better.

Coordinated care is the key to the ACO’s success. Our care navigation department is staffed with registered nurses, clinical social workers, community health workers, health coaches, and other health care professionals who are ready to go into the community and into beneficiaries’ homes to work with them according to their needs. The ACO staff also helps beneficiaries coordinate care with specialists, communicate with pharmacies, set up appointments for patients, arrange for home visits, assist with community resources, coordinate finding the appropriate post-acute-care providers, provide health care education and coaching, and much more.

We have been able to build the ACO from the ground up, including forming strategic community partnerships. One example is our partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, which helps us provide fresh fruits and vegetables to eligible beneficiaries. In fact, approximately 8,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables are distributed monthly. We also provide transportation cab vouchers to beneficiaries so they can get to their treatment and follow-up visits with their physicians. We refer our beneficiaries to area agencies for services, including:

  • CitySquare — providing multiple services at reduced rates, like housing, food pantry, and legal
  • Adult Protective Services — a safety support system for patients who need it
  • Metrocare — mental health and developmental disabilities support
  • American Cancer Society — a comprehensive program with a 360-degree assessment of medication and financial support needs for patients and their families.

Based on our patients’ needs, we continue to pursue new strategic partnerships and collaborations.

What are some of the key takeaways we’ve learned over the past three years? They include:

  1. Realizating that the health care system is much more fragmented than we originally thought
  2. Learning that care incentives for doing the right thing under the traditional fee-for-service model are misaligned and contribute to many of the problems addressed by accountable care
  3. Appreciating that this effort is going to require a lot of work in order for all of us to continue to move forward.

The next two to three years will be an exciting time for the MPCACO. We anticipate significant growth in total number of lives covered, from our current number of 25,000 to around 100,000. We also look forward to networking and sharing with other participating organizations in the CMS ACO program, as well as commercial ACO programs within our region.

The ACO is still an unfamiliar concept to many in health care. From the beginning of the ACO movement, Methodist has taken a leading role to move from volume-based care to care that is value based. As an organization that cares for the well-being of its employees, the MPCACO will begin assisting in managing the health of employees and their dependents by offering navigation services, health coaching, weight-loss and smoking-cessation programs, and any other services that they may need to promote health and wellness. This is another example of Methodist’s commitment to the health and well-being of our family members. As a caregiver, isn’t this the type of organization where you want to work and grow?

If you’re ready to join an innovative leader in health care delivery, 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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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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The Untold Story About the Making of a Level I Trauma Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/21/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Donating to the BEN Fund Could Be the Most Important Gift You Make in 2014

By Tim Klepper, Director of Compensation and Benefits
Methodist Health System

At Methodist Health System, we care. We care for our patients and their families. And we care for each other. In fact, many feel that our deep, unwavering compassion is one of the defining characteristics of our culture that sets us apart from other health care organizations. At the heart of this philosophy is the Basic Employee Needs (BEN) Fund.

Administered by Methodist’s human resources employee benefits team and coordinated by the Methodist Health System Foundation and a committee that comprises employees from all divisions throughout Methodist, the BEN Fund is an emergency lifeline for employees who are facing a financial hardship due to an unexpected crisis. What is a hardship? It is an unexpected large expense and/or loss of usual household income caused by an emergency or crisis. Grant requests from employees are considered only after all other resources — insurance, leave benefits, other forms of compensation, and personal savings — have been exhausted or are not available.

How important is the BEN Fund? Consider this: Since January 2013, the fund has received more than $226,000 in donations and has provided financial support to 92 grant recipients. Staff members who have worked for Methodist for at least six months and medical residents and graduate students on Methodist’s payroll are eligible to apply for a BEN Fund grant.

The 92 grant recipients have faced a variety of personal crises resulting in financial hardship. From uninsured loss of homes due to fire, flood, or tornados to expenses from extended illnesses that have drained the employees’ PTO and leave benefits to funeral expenses for an employee’s family member, BEN Fund grants have meant the difference between despair and hope. I’ve seen it first hand. Knowing that a fellow employee can benefit from the generosity of his or her co-workers is heartwarming and embodies the Methodist spirit.

Applying for a BEN Fund grant is easy. The application form is on the Methodist intranet site or can be obtained from human resources. After the employee has completed the grant application, human resources documents the request, submits it to the committee for review, receives the committee’s decision, and processes all approved grant funds. The committee can decide, based on the grant requestor’s personal circumstances, to award the maximum grant of $2,500 or any amount up to the maximum. The committee’s
decision is final.

Some of the most memorable grants have been to employees who have been on the brink of losing their homes due to eviction or foreclosure. The ability to help someone keep a roof over his or her head is priceless, and that’s why it’s so wonderful to see the BEN Fund grants in action.

How can you help assure that the BEN Fund will be around to help many more Methodist employees? The generosity of our employees is in the fabric of our culture. In fact, the fund depends on donations from individuals including employees, staff members, and friends of Methodist. All gifts are tax-deductible and any amount is welcome.

As we enter this season of giving, let us give thanks for the generous, caring colleagues we work with day in and day out. These are the individuals who sustain the BEN Fund and help it grow so it can meet the needs of others in the future.

If you’re ready to join an organization that cares for its employees as much as it cares for its patients and their families, then choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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Methodist Dallas Medical Center Receives Level I Trauma Verification

10/6/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodist Health System Becomes Newest Member of Mayo Clinic Care Network

9/9/14

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 http://www.mayoclinic.org/about/ and www.mayoclinic.org/news.

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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