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Richardson – Years ahead of schedule, and due to increased volume for specialized and acute care services, Methodist Richardson Medical Center is adding two patient floors with 150 all-private patient rooms, as well as a surgical operating room, and a 500-space parking garage. The hospital primarily serves the communities of Richardson, Garland, Plano, Wylie, Sachse, and Murphy ...

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If you had asked me 10 years ago as a new graduate nurse at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, I never would have imagined that a little girl from Louisiana would earn her doctorate in nursing and become the director of the Magnet Recognition Program® — the gold standard of nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) — at a Level I Trauma Center hospital ...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized the Methodist Patient-Centered Accountable Care Organization (MPCACO) as one of the top performing ACOs in the nation. CMS released the 2016 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Next Generation ACO and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model. The results show physicians, hospi ...

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We’ve seen it time and again. When the very worst happens, the very best in humanity emerges. The aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma spotlight the goodness and kindness of those who selflessly pitch in to help others in need. Over the past few weeks, this phenomenon has been demonstrated again in Houston and Beaumont, across the southeast coastline of Texas, and throughou ...

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It’s an exciting time here at Methodist Health System. Just a few months ago on May 17, 2017, Methodist Richardson Medical Center became the first Methodist hospital to achieve Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Then on July 20, we received the call that Methodist Mansfield Medical Center had also achieved the pre ...

Posted Nursing Awards, Nurses
Dustin Munn, Chief of Police

Some people are lucky. Even at a very young age, they know what they want to be when they grow up. I am one of those people. When I was 5 years old, I wanted to be a policeman. I know many little boys say the same, but for me it was a dream. As I matured, I knew I wanted to stand for something good. My upbringing reinforced the idea of giving back. I grew up in Ennis, Texas, a ...

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Mansfield – Methodist Mansfield Medical Center achieved Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC recognition program is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. The designation is viewed around the nation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. In addition to ...

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Methodist Charlton Medical Center will launch an Emergency Department (ED) RN Residency Program in October for experienced RNs who are looking to change clinical areas. This exciting and challenging program is now accepting applications from RNs with at least two years of experience in another nursing specialty such as med-surg or critical care. The 12-week program offers a $5, ...

Wayne Wilson, PHR, MBA

It’s no secret that hospitals and other healthcare organizations are scrambling to fill positions while dealing with shortages of talent in many areas. Innovative organizations like Methodist Health System are pursuing out-of-the-box strategies to identify and cultivate the workforce of the future. Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s approach is a perfect example. Created in the ...

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Irene Strejc, BSN, RN, MPH, CENP, ACHE

The call came on the afternoon of May 17, 2017. I’ll never forget it. That’s the day we learned that the American Nurses Credentialing Center surveyors had unanimously approved granting Magnet Program Recognition® to Methodist Richardson Medical Center. It was the culmination of a seven-year journey and placed us in an elite group of 461 hospitals that have achieved Magnet reco ...

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Michael Hernandez, CCRN, NE-BC

Om. When was the last time you’ve given yourself the opportunity for a zen moment at your place of work? Now you can at the new meditation garden at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. The garden provides a physical space for employees to take a moment away from the stress of their jobs and gain much-needed respite and rejuvenation. We believe that keeping our patients’ care a ...

Here’s an interesting question to consider … would Florence Nightingale recognize the profession of nursing as it exists today? The automation, the technology, and the greater degree of autonomy would probably amaze her; however, she would undoubtedly see the common thread that has carried through from the day she established nursing as a career — the innate desire to care for ...

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Bridget Flaherty

There’s a big strapping 10-year-old in Mansfield that’s full of energy and excitement. I’m not talking about a child. I’m talking about Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. I can’t believe that it’s been a decade since the hospital opened its doors to the community. To steal a phrase from a popular movie, “build it and they will come.” Two years before the hospital’s opening, I ...

The March edition of D Magazine features seven Methodist Health System nurses honored in the magazine’s sixth annual Excellence in Nursing Awards program for dedicating their lives to making North Texas a healthier place. “I believe that Methodist Health System has some of the very best nurses in the country – it’s evidence by their clinical competency, compassion, and in thei ...

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Melissa Mitchell, MSN, RN, CMSRN

To say Melissa Mitchell is a driven, goal-oriented person is an understatement. Throughout her nursing career, her eye has been on the prize ahead. From a longtime LVN to an associate degree in nursing to her BSN and MSN-education degrees, one of the secrets to her success has been education. We asked Melissa to tell us about her journey to success and how Methodist Health Syst ...

Posted Nurses, Internships and Education

Methodist Dallas Medical Center is proud to announce its pancreatitis program is first in the nation to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®. The Gold Seal® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Methodist Dallas also received the Gold Seal of Approval® for pancreatic surgery and pancreat ...

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Dee Drake, BSN, CCRN

Looking for the perfect nursing environment? A place you can call home? Dee Drake, BSN, CCRN, found that at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, and today she is a CCRN in the cath lab. Dee tells us what she learned and how others mentored and influenced her over the years.   Q: Tell us about your career path? A: After I graduated from nursing school, I was fortunate to secure a ...

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Have you finished your holiday shopping? Are the cards out? Gifts mailed? Ready for the upcoming family get-together?  If not, take heart. You’re not alone. ’Tis the season of excess and stress — and balancing a hectic personal life with your professional life can be overwhelming. The good news is there’s no need to stress over excess if you remember that sometimes less is mor ...

Posted Employee Health, Managing Stress
Barbara Madden, MSN, BSN

A core value woven into the fabric of the Methodist Health System culture is promoting from within. Just ask me, Barbara Madden. I recently accepted the role of vice president, chief nursing officer (CNO) for Methodist Dallas Medical Center. My nursing career at Methodist spans 30 years. I joined the hospital in 1985 as a med-surg nurse and then moved to adult critical care, an ...

Posted Nurses, Women in Healthcare, Leadership
Meet the team: (top L to R) Mark Gemina, RN, Jill Hamilton, RN, Jeremy Guthrie, RN Resident, Kerry Santa Lucia, RN, Kathryn Patton, RN; (bottom) Justin Myers, RN

In the spring of 2016, Methodist Charlton Medical Center expanded its critical care services to 32 beds. We asked Kathryn Patton, ICU nurse manager in critical care services at Methodist Charlton, about her career and why she is proud to be a critical care nurse. Q: How long have you been a critical care nurse? Patton: I’ve been a registered nurse for 16 years, and of those, ...