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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.  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, surgica ...

Posted Nurses, Patient Care, Patients

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 globa ...

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 ...

Posted Accountable Care, Patient Care, Patients

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 co ...

Campus Adds New Tower Units, Odyssey Hospice, and Select Specialty Hospital Methodist Charlton Medical Center recently held an open house to celebrate several additions to the growing campus. These additions increase the number of hospital beds, and offer patients and the community more options in their continuum of care. Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis, ...

By Karen TaylorEmployee Health Coach Methodist Health System Starting a diet during the holidays? Think again. Most dietitians agree that the season of giving is also the season of eating. Starting a quest to lose weight may be fraught with challenges. While gifting is great, the extra calories and fat grams found in many holiday foods result in the gift that keeps on givin ...

By Joyce Kaska-Laird, MA, RD, LD, CHES, CDE Diabetes Program Manager Methodist Charlton Medical Center As someone who works with diabetes patients every day, I often find myself in the role of a myth buster. Patients who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes and those who have been dealing with the disease for some time often have to be reminded about the realities of li ...

By Joben Rieth, RN, BS, MBA Director of Emergency Services, Methodist Dallas Medical Center Does a full moon mean higher emergency department (ED) volumes? Will more women really go into labor? Halloween conjures up thoughts of black cats, werewolves, and other superstitions, so that begs the question, “What’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to health?” ED nurses w ...

By Allison Vo, RN, BSN, OCN Cancer Program Manager Methodist Dallas Medical Center Fred Astaire and the top hat. Chubby Checker and “The Twist.” Michael Jackson, the sequin glove, and the moonwalk. “Dancing with the Stars” and the mirror ball trophy. Over the years, dance has had its iconic associations. With the arrival of October, we take time to celebrate Breast Cancer ...

Posted Career Advancement, Nurses, Patients

By Allison Vo, RN, BSN, OCN Cancer Program Manager Methodist Dallas Medical Center Picture this. It’s 7 p.m. Monday evening. You’re headed to the breast imaging center to have your mammogram. You pull your car up to the entrance and are met by a friendly valet who parks your car. An escort guides you to the imaging center where you are greeted by a friendly staff member who ...

By Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE President, Methodist Richardson Medical Center The city of Richardson just got some great news. Methodist Richardson Medical Center is planning a $120 million, four-story, 125-bed acute care hospital for the Bush/Renner campus. As the leader of Methodist Richardson, I’m proud, excited, and keenly aware of the tremendous responsibility our orga ...

By Kathryn Allen Vice President of Development Methodist Health System When you think of trauma and emergency services, which hospitals in the Dallas–Fort Worth area come to mind? Methodist Dallas Medical Center should be in the top three. The fact is, if you experience a severe injury or serious acute illness in the Dallas Metroplex, there’s a one in three chance you’ll be ...

Posted Nurses, Patient Care, Patients

By Fran Laukaitis, RN, MHA Chief Nursing Officer, Methodist Charlton Medical Center I love National Nurses Week. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. This week, at Methodist Health System we’re having a wonderful celebration to honor the extraordinary nurses who are part of the Methodist family. What’s more, we’re kicking off the DAISY Award program to further recogni ...

By Doris Giles, RN, MS, and Debbie Seider, RN, MSN Congregational Nursing Coordinators, Methodist Health System Many hospitals talk the talk about treating the whole person -– body, mind, and spirit. We’re proud to say that at Methodist Health System, we walk the walk. As congregational nursing coordinators, we extend the Methodist Health System mission by partnering with nur ...

By David Campbell, RN, BSN, CEN, CPEN, CTRN Manager of Education, Methodist Richardson Medical Center (Formerly Emergency Department Nurse, Methodist Charlton Medical Center) I loved being an ED nurse. I say loved because eight months ago I took a new position as manager of education for Methodist Richardson Medical Center. But, for the first 12 years of my career, I was a ...

By Pam Gessling, BSN, MBA, NEA-BC, RNC-OB, EFM-C Director of Nursing for Women and Children’s Services, Methodist Dallas Medical Center April 21 is a day that many Methodist Health System employees are looking forward to. That’s the day we get to show our true color -- Methodist blue -- by supporting the health of babies in our community by participating in the March of Dime ...

Sonya Goffney, RT, Manager Respiratory TherapyMethodist Dallas Medical Center Nicole Higdon, RT Tara Merchant, RT Methodist Dallas Medical Center Working at a tertiary care facility like Methodist Dallas Medical Center provides clinical staff with the opportunity to care for patients with medically complex conditions. Many are critically ill and require careful monitoring ...

By Tony Paterniti, RN, PhD Director, Department of Education, Methodist Health System Cheryl O’Neal, RN, MSN Education Specialist II Methodist Health System  Does this sound like you? You’ve been a nurse for a number of years. A few years back, you decided to take a break from the profession. Now, you’re ready to get back to the bedside, but you need to make sure your sk ...

By GeTonya Dickerson, RN Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Cardiac Telemetry, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center I always knew I wanted to be a nurse. In 2005, I joined Methodist Health System as a patient care technician (PCT) while attending nursing school. During my last year of school I signed a contract with Methodist. It was great for me because I got paid while I was finis ...

By Chris Murray, RCIS Lead Tech, Methodist Dallas Medical Center We’ve come a long way, baby. That’s not only true of most areas of medicine; it’s especially true for cardiology, my area of specialization. When I think about the leaps and bounds we’ve made in diagnosing and treating various heart problems since I began my career, it’s astounding and satisfying. It’s amazin ...