Methodist Health System Blog

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 ...

Posted Nurses, Cardiology

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, ...

Wayne Wilson

We’ve all been there. Fresh out of school and ready to join the workforce. You secure an interview and things seem to be going well. Then you hear those dreaded words, “We’re looking for someone with experience.” But how are you supposed to get experience when you’ve just graduated? Sound familiar? That happened to me, and I’ll never forget the frustration that I felt as I tri ...

Dallas — Methodist Health System is pleased to announce the promotions of two dedicated nurse leaders. Karla Ramberger, MSN, RN, has been named Methodist Health System’s first full time Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive. Karla has served as the Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer for Methodist Dallas since 2011. She’s been in the Methodist family fo ...

Posted News
Tina Bowers, MBA, CDM

Diversity. What used to be a buzzword in healthcare is now an integral part of who we are, what we believe, and how we treat our patients and each other. Throughout Methodist Health System, we are embracing intentional inclusion and diversity and championing cultural competency as key strategic imperatives for the organization. What does this mean? Overall, our goal is to make ...

Posted Diversity
Caesar Rentie

As vice president of Pastoral Services for Methodist Health System, I see grief on a daily basis. Grieving patients. Grieving families. Grieving staff and first responders. With the tragic events of the past few weeks, it seems that the city of Dallas and the nation as a whole are enveloped by grief. The Oxford Dictionary defines grief as, “deep sorrow, especially caused by so ...

Posted Employee Health
Martin L. Koonsman, MD, FACS

Mission accomplished. Whether you’re serving in the armed forces, flying high as an astronaut, or leading a team of colleagues to treat a patient, achieving your mission is gratifying and motivating. As the president of one of the leading hospitals in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, my focus is on providing our employees, physicians, and volunteers with the motivation and resources ...

Dallas -- Understanding the importance of professional development for nursing leaders, Methodist Health System partnered with The Advisory Board Company to form the Nursing Leadership Academy. The Academy started with 360-degree evaluations that served as a needs assessment. Workshops consist of strategic planning sessions through the collaboration of Methodist’s chief nursing ...

Posted News, Leadership

Dallas – Methodist Dallas Medical Center salutes the following nurses for specialty certifications. Congratulations to all! Nurse Practitioner Amanda Skelton, ACNP (Neuro) RN – BSN Graduates Amy Bozeman, BSN (Golden Cross) Victor Abarca, BSN (Neuro) Rhonda McGaughey, BSN (L&D) Vanessa Ruiz, BSN (4 OBS) Patient Experience Elizabeth Lindert, CPXP Wound Care Margaret Ise ...

In a recent review posted on Yelp.com, a patient was surprised and grateful to get a personal phone call from Methodist Mansfield President John Phillips, FACHE.  “I received an unexpected phone call that led to this review. Words can't describe how impressed I am at this moment! I took my son in on 5/9/16. It was very busy, and the wait time was crazy ... to say the least. Th ...

Posted News, Patient Care

Mansfield — Interventional cardiologist Alan Taylor, MD, and extern Grant Stephens were among honorees named in the prestigious 2016 Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Awards this year. Dr. Taylor was honored as Physician of the Year and Mr. Stephens was the recipient of the Rex McRae Scholarship named in memory of the former DFWHC Board Chair and chief executive off ...

Posted News, Our Recognition
Barbara Madson Madden, MSN, RN

A higher calling. A passion to help others. Making a difference in others’ lives. Motivated to heal. Because I care. These are the reasons you’re likely to hear when you ask nurses why they chose this career. National Nurses Week was established to recognize the special people who choose nursing as their life’s work. It also offers an opportunity to thank nurses for the special ...

Posted Our Recognition, Nurses
George Williams, MD, MMM, FACEP

A few years ago, the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) published a white paper, “The Value of Physician Leadership.” Using literature reviews and interviews with healthcare professionals, the document draws a clear connection between physician leadership and high performing healthcare organizations. The white paper is summarized in a FierceHealthcare article publi ...

Posted Leadership, Physician Recruitment

Mansfield, TX — Methodist Mansfield Medical Center was named Best Hospital and Best Maternity Ward by the Focus Daily News Focus on Excellence 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Readers’ Choice Awards were based on votes from readers and members of the community. To compile the best list in the community, the local newspaper asked readers to vote for the best company in dozens o ...

Posted News, Our Recognition
Joshua Ast, BSN, RN, CNOR

I was destined to work in healthcare. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had this desire to help others. My mom set the example as a radiology tech and my interest in science fueled my passion to pursue a healthcare career. But, as I’ve discovered, even if you know what you want to do, you can’t be sure where fate is going to lead you. I decided to join the Navy when I ...

Posted Nurses, Leadership

Mansfield, TX — Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, a full service 222-bed acute care hospital featuring the Amon G. Carter Heart and Vascular Center and some of the latest patient-centric technology, received the 2015 Outstanding Large Business of the Year Award from the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s 44th Annual Awards dinner last week. Methodist Mansfield is ...

Posted News, Our Recognition
David Molengraaf, BSN, RN

This spring, Methodist Charlton Medical Center is expanding our intensive care unit. Why? To meet our growing needs and to continue striving to provide the highest-possible standard of care in our community. In fact, it’s essential that we expand. Methodist Charlton has one of the busiest emergency departments in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. Last year, we had over 85,000 emerge ...

Posted Facility Expansion, Critical Care

Dallas – Methodist Charlton Medical Center is now nationally accredited as a Breast Center of Excellence. The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) gives the recognition to hospitals that have undergone a rigorous evaluation. The evaluation determines the hospitals are providing high quality breast care to women diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast dis ...

Posted News, Our Recognition