Methodist Health System Blog

By Preston Miller, SPHR Human Resources Director Methodist Charlton Medical Center Where did the year go? If you’re like most people I know, the holidays caught up with us before we were ready and now New Year’s is upon us. Are you making resolutions this year? The most common resolutions are related to living a healthier life — losing weight and exercising more. But have ...

Posted Career Advancement, Nurses

By Beth Leermakers Wellness Coach Methodist Health System Not feeling so jolly this holiday season? Has a good dose of ice and cold given you cabin fever? Do you have visions of palm trees and white sandy beaches dancing in your head? There’s a lot to stress us out this time of year. Battling the weather, pressures of shopping, and balancing a hectic personal life with you ...

Posted Employee Health, Managing Stress

By Judy Laister Human Resources Director Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Here’s a fact that has the entire Methodist Health System family beaming. The Advisory Board, a health care think tank whose members represent approximately 94 percent of the U.S. News and World Report’s best hospitals, has recognized Methodist as having one of the nation’s most engaged workforces ...

By John E. Phillips, FACHE President Methodist Mansfield Medical Center If you thought you knew Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, it’s time to take another look. I’m proud to say we’re growing by leaps and bounds thanks to the support of the community and the commitment of Methodist Health System. In response to the strong demand for surgeries, Methodist Mansfield began c ...

Posted Cardiology, Facility Expansion

11/13/13 All Four Methodist Facilities Recognized by The Joint Commission Four Methodist Health System hospitals have all been named among the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission (TJC) for achieving exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The commended clinical categori ...

Posted Cardiology, News, Patient Care, Stroke

By Steve Maffei Organizational Effectiveness Director Methodist Health System Employee engagement has become a hot topic in health care. Why are hospitals so focused on this metric and how does it influence quality of care and the patient experience? Methodist Health System identified employee engagement as a touchstone measurement a few years ago. Partnering with the A ...

By Carrie Camin Assistant Vice President, Wellness Methodist Health System There’s nothing like the first cold snap — which for Dallas means our temperatures drop below 90 degrees — that sends many people to the kitchen for fall baking. After all, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Celebrating the fall harvest means richer flavors, but it doesn’t have to mean that ...

Posted Diabetes, Employee Health

By Carrie Camin Assistant Vice President, Wellness Methodist Health System I know I’m running the risk of being perceived as the witch who wrecked Halloween or the apparition that applied logic to ghoulish fun, but I have a theory. I believe you can celebrate Halloween and fall festivals without consuming a year’s worth of sugar and calories in one night. Having a happy, h ...

By Jeena Connor, PharmD, RPh, Pharmacy Director Methodist Charlton Medical Center and Uju Okechukwu, PharmD, RPh, Pharmacy Manager Methodist Charlton Medical Center Jeena Connor Uju Okechukwu We’re excited about leading the pharmacy department at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, and here’s why. Our pharmacists are becoming more active participants on th ...

Posted Career Advancement

9/27/13 For the tenth consecutive year, the Dallas Business Journal recognized Methodist Health System as one of the Best Places to Work in North Texas. Methodist placed 5th in large businesses from more than 370 nominees and a total of 57 finalists in small, medium, and large companies across Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, Denton, and immediately adjacent counties. Winning honoree ...

Posted News

By Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE President Methodist Richardson Medical Center It doesn’t seem possible, but we can see the light at the end of the construction tunnel. A little more than one year ago, I brought you the exciting news that Methodist Richardson Medical Center was breaking ground on a $120 million expansion. Thanks to great weather and a dedicated team, I’m pleas ...

Posted Facility Expansion, Nurses, Patient Care

By Laura Irvine President Methodist Dallas Medical Center A year ago this week, Sept. 11, 2012, Methodist Dallas Medical Center broke ground on the new 248,000-square-foot Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower. As we are reminded to appreciate what our first responders do every day, we celebrate the construction progress of the tower and look forward to opening ...

8/20/2013 Methodist Health System is pleased to announce the addition of Cheryl Flynn, SPHR, as senior vice president and chief human resources officer.  Flynn began her new role with Methodist August 12. “Cheryl brings a wealth of experience and talent to our team,” says Methodist President and CEO Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE.  “She has an established career track rec ...

Posted News

8/14/13 Methodist Mansfield Medical Center was voted the Best Hospital and Best Emergency Department in the recent Living Magazine Best of Arlington and Mansfield Reader's Choice Awards. The award was chosen by thousands of readers who voiced their opinions on the best local businesses and professionals in Arlington and Mansfield. We are so honored to be recognized as the Bes ...

Posted Emergency Care, News, Nurses

By Bernadette Trail, PHR Human Resources Generalist Methodist Charlton Medical Center Nursing internships have been around for a long time. In fact, they’re one of the most popular employee programs offered at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. But this year, we are piloting a completely different internship program — one that specializes solely in transitioning experienced ...

By Jim O’Reilly Interim Senior Vice President, Human Resources Methodist Health System When you think about it, hospitals don’t win awards, people do. At the heart of every honor a hospital receives are its outstanding employees, physicians, and volunteers. When we use the term award winning, we back it up with our people and our services. In the Methodist Health System cu ...

Posted Nurses, Nursing Awards, Patient Care

7/9/13 Eight Methodist Health System nurses are South Region finalists in the 2013 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence Awards. Methodist Mansfield’s Director of OR Shelley Cook, Director of Surgical Acute and Clinical Recognition Ulondia Lee, GI nurse Kathy Ripley, CNO Jeanne Reeves, Medical Telemetry nurse Sharon D. Smith and Cardiac/Stroke Coordinator Karen Yates are finalists in t ...

Posted News, Nurses, Nursing Awards

By Carrie Camin, Assistant Vice President, Wellness The I am Methodist Health Live Well, Shine Bright wellness program is a 12-week program that ran from January 8 through March 29, 2013. It included 10 employees who were selected from 75 applicants to be health ambassadors and complete the three-month healthy makeover program. Goal: The goal of the I am Methodist Health pro ...

Posted Employee Health

6/10/13 Methodist Charlton Medical Center and DeSoto Fire Rescue recently set a new record for fast heart attack care with a door-to-balloon (D2B) time of just 14 minutes. Their previous record was 24 minutes. Door-to-balloon time is the time between the patient’s arrival in the emergency department and the opening of the blocked artery following a heart attack. The cooperative ...

Posted News

By Beth Leermakers Employee Health Coach Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and Methodist Charlton Medical Center Want to shed some pounds? Ready to start an exercise program? These are great intentions, but what I’ve discovered is that when employees initially come to me to discuss weight loss or exercise, within five minutes the conversation invariably turns to stress. T ...

Posted Employee Health, Managing Stress