Methodist Health System Blog

By Angela Wrighten, RN Angela is a staff nurse in Outpatient Chemotherapy at Methodist Richardson Medical Center. Over the last few years, Angela has gotten away from the healthy person she used to be. She wants to get on the right path, and she’s ready to change her eating and exercise habits for the rest of her life. Angela’s goal is to lose weight so she can return to the a ...

By Cheryl Koch, RN, BSN, MSN, CNOR Director of Surgical Services Methodist Richardson Medical Center If you need proof that technology has revolutionized health care in the United States, you need look no further than the operating room. Surgeons are able to perform procedures with greater accuracy, affecting only a targeted area of tissue through incisions that a ...

By John P. Sullivan, Director, Environmental Services Methodist Charlton Medical Center 1. How are you feeling now? Why do you want to become healthier? I am excited about the opportunity to improve my wellness and to share this experience. My lack of physical conditioning and not eating properly have left me feeling sluggish, less energetic, and tired by the end of each d ...

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By Sarah Reynolds, CMOM Office Manager, MedHealth 1. How are you feeling now? Why do you want to become healthier? I am excited to have been selected to participate in I am Methodist Health, but I'll admit I'm nervous! I want to succeed very badly during this journey. I want to become healthier so that I can lead my family by example. My husband and I both are ex-smokers ...

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By Sherry George, LCSW Social Work Manager Methodist Richardson Medical Center Aah, the holidays … full of laughter, full of spirit, full of stress. How can you make it through the holidays without getting stressed out? That’s an age-old question that has been asked by countless generations. Between shopping, party planning, cooking, the dynamics of family get-togethers, f ...

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 Karla Ramberger, MSN, RN Chief Nursing Officer, Methodist Dallas Medical Center America has a wonderful, unique tradition of setting aside one day each year to give thanks for our many blessings. While many feel that this spirit of thankfulness should be observed daily, I’m proud to say that thanking and appreciating each other is our culture at Methodist Dallas Medic ...

By Kay Kirby Human Resources Business Partner Methodist Dallas Medical Center Fall is a great time to reflect and take action on things that need to be done. It’s time to take care of maintenance on the house and plant some fall flowers. It’s time to shore up your finances to withstand the holiday spending spree. And it’s time to review your resume. Yes, your resume. Th ...

Posted Career Advancement, Nurses

For the ninth consecutive year, the Dallas Business Journal recognized Methodist Health System as one of the Best Places to Work in North Texas. Methodist placed 8th in large businesses from a total of 410 nominees and a total of 53 finalists in small, medium, and large companies across Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, Denton, and immediately adjacent counties. Winning honorees and sp ...

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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 ...

Karen Barrett Mary Fulton By Karen Barrett, RN, COHN-S Director of Employee Health Methodist Health System Mary A. Fulton, RN, BSN, CIC Infection Prevention Practitioner Methodist Charlton Medical Center It’s fall! That means cooler temperatures, the State Fair of Texas is in full swing, and it’s time for the annual pilgrim ...

By Greg Davidson, MBA Clinic Administrator Methodist Dallas Medical Center Golden Cross Academic Clinic I am one of the fortunate few who get to do what I’ve always wanted to do. I started volunteering in hospitals when I was 13 years old. Over the years, I realized I wanted to serve a population of underserved individuals by running a clinic just like the Methodist Dallas ...

Posted Career Advancement, Nurses, Patient Care

$108 million Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center breaks ground September 11, 2012 On a day dedicated to remembering selfless sacrifice and helping those in critical need of care, Methodist Dallas Medical Center broke ground to mark the beginning of a crucial new facility – the new six-story $108 million Charles A. Sammons T ...

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By Kay Wysong, CMSR Director of Physician Recruitment for Primary Care Methodist Health System In the ever-changing field of health care, physician roles have been evolving over the last few decades. The change begins with how physicians find jobs today, what’s important to them, and how they’re using technology in the communication process. Physicians, like most of societ ...

By Beth Leermakers Employee Health Coach Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and Methodist Charlton Medical Center We all remember the story of the little engine that could from our childhood. The tiny engine repeated the mantra, “I think I can. I think I can.” to climb up a steep mountain. Many of us are in the same situation as that little engine when it comes to maintainin ...

By Beth Leermakers Employee Health Coach Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and Methodist Charlton Medical Center How stressed are you? If you say you’re really stressed, you’re not alone. Suffice it to say, we are living and coping with stress almost 24 hours a day. Why so much stress? We are overextended, committed to too many things, and not willing to say “no.” Women se ...