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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 living ...

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 Medical C ...

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. Think ab ...

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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 spe ...

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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 will t ...

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 Awar ...

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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 off ...

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 pilgrimage to get your ...

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 Med ...

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$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 Traum ...

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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 society, a ...

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 maintaining a ...

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 seem t ...

By Kay Wysong, CMSR Director of Physician Recruitment for Primary Care Methodist Health System Everyone’s talking about how health care is changing. While it’s true that all stakeholders are being impacted, physicians are in the eye of the storm. With more than 27 years of experience in recruiting physicians, I view these changes from a slightly different perspective — ...

Modern Healthcare Award Recognizes Fastest Growing U.S. Health Care Companies July 23, 2012 Methodist Health System has been named one of the “Fast 40 – Healthcare’s Hottest” companies nationwide by Modern Healthcare magazine in an inaugural program recognizing the fastest growing health care organizations that are headquartered in the US, have at least $20M in revenue for 2011 ...

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By Carrie Camin, Assistant Vice President, Wellness Methodist Health System When it comes to keeping fit and staying well, we all know what we need to do. The hard part is knowing how to do it. Moving from, “I can’t” to “I could” to “I can” to “I did” is not an easy journey. My job is to be a wellness champion, to coach and encourage Methodist Health System employees to achieve ...

By David Molengraaf, RN Methodist Charlton Medical Center For me, Methodist Health System is a family affair. I believe so much in Methodist as a caring organization, not just its dedication to caring for patients but for the well-being of its caregivers as well. Methodist is committed to creating successful caregivers through its partnership with El Centro Community College, w ...

by Stephanie Cunningham, RN Methodist Dallas Medical Center A few weeks ago, I told you my story about becoming a respiratory therapist (RT). My grandfather’s battle with emphysema reinforced my desire as a young child to care for others. For 28 years, I proudly helped my tiny patients in Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) overcome their brea ...

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 organiz ...

Posted Facility Expansion, Nurses, Patient Care

Voluntary New Care Coordination Program Created to Offer High Quality Services, Care to Beneficiaries through Partnership with Medicare 07/10/2012 Methodist Health System today announced it has been selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) Accountable Care Organization (ACO), a multifaceted new program sponsored by the Centers fo ...

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