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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 ...

By Stephanie Cunningham, RN, RRT Methodist Dallas Medical Center Life is full of surprises. That’s certainly true for my career. For 28 years I’ve worked as a respiratory therapist, mostly in the neonatal intensive care unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. There I fell in love with helping newborns breathe. As long as I can remember, even as a child, I wanted to be a nur ...

By Kathryn Allen Vice President of Development Methodist Health System When you think of trauma and emergency services, which hospitals in the Dallas–Fort Worth area come to mind? Methodist Dallas Medical Center should be in the top three. The fact is, if you experience a severe injury or serious acute illness in the Dallas Metroplex, there’s a one in three chance you’ll be bro ...

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Methodist Health System board of directors approves $120 million for Bush/Renner campus to add 125-bed acute care hospital  June 28, 2012 Methodist Health System today announced that the board of directors has approved a facility expansion plan of $120 million to add a 125-bed acute care hospital at the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner location. Scheduled to op ...

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Prestigious awards program honors exemplary entrepreneurs June 28, 2012 Methodist Health System President and CEO Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, has been selected as winner of the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the health care provider category in the Southwest Area North Region, which includes North Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. The award recog ...

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strong>By Victoria Solis, RN Methodist Dallas Medical Center I love babies and I love nursing. So my choice for a place to care for others wasn’t a difficult one. The postpartum/newborn nursery unit is where I spend my work hours, and it’s where my heart is. Achieving my ideal career followed a natural progression, thanks to Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s coordinated educa ...

June 12, 2012 Methodist Health System has received UnitedHealth Premium Interventional Cardiac Care Specialty Center designations for Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, and Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, as well as a provisional one-year designation for Methodist Richardson Medical Center. The UnitedHealth Premium specialty center designat ...

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By Ulondia Lee, RN, MSN Director of Med-Surg Acute Care Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Who doesn’t like daisies? They’re bright, spirit-lifting flowers that are often given to show appreciation and affection. That’s why it’s so appropriate that the DAISY Award has become a public way to thank nurses for their dedication and caring. The award grew out of the grief of ...

By Karen Barrett, RN, COHN-S, CHSP Director of Employee Health Services Methodist Health System I may have one of the most challenging jobs in Methodist Health System. As director of Employee Health Services, I am responsible for caring for those whose job is caring for others. Keeping our employees healthy is critical to the successful completion of our mission of cari ...

By Althea Aubrey, RN, BSN Director, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Methodist Dallas Medical Center Life’s exciting when you’re a new graduate nurse. The possibilities are limitless and your zest for your career and your patients is boundless. Sometimes, when I’m working with new nurses, it is a challenge to nurture their positive spirit and instill the importance of setting healthy ...

April 27, 2012 Four Methodist Health System employees were among honorees named in the prestigious 2012 Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Awards this year. The recipients were selected from a pool of 50 area hospitals for the honor. The award honors employees who made a significant impact on patients, peers and the community at large as health care heroes. Rex McR ...

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By Jerilyn Pope, LPC, RCC Senior Organizational Effectiveness Strategist Methodist Dallas Medical Center I think Dr. Patch Adams was onto something. In the 1998 film by the same name, Robin Williams portrayed the real-life physician who understood the healing power of laughter, joy, and creativity, and how it can impact what is typically a stress-filled environment. At Methodi ...

By Tony Paterniti, RN, PhD Director, Department of Education, Methodist Health System I’m lucky. In my role as a nurse educator, I get to work with a wide variety of caregivers. Experience has taught me that individuals’ personalities often determine the area of nursing they decide to pursue. All are called to care, to heal. But each is motivated by different factors. Those fa ...

By Althea Aubrey, RN, BSN Director of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Methodist Dallas Medical Center Ask any nurse why she or he chose nursing as a career and generally you’ll hear a story about how a nurse personally touched his or her life, either directly or through a loved one. My story centers around my mom. I was only 10 when she died. She had Lupus, an autoimmune disease, an ...

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By Fran Laukaitis, RN, MHA Chief Nursing Officer, Methodist Charlton Medical Center I love National Nurses Week. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. This week, at Methodist Health System we’re having a wonderful celebration to honor the extraordinary nurses who are part of the Methodist family. What’s more, we’re kicking off the DAISY Award program to further recognize ...

April 12, 2012 For the second year in a row, Methodist Health System has been named one of the 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review. "The organizations on this list represent some of the best employers in the health care industry," says Methodist Health System CEO and President Stephen Mansfield, PhD. "We are honored to be r ...

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March 27, 2012 Methodist Health System today announced Levi Davis has been elected chairman of the health system’s corporate board, effective April 1. Davis, a longtime board member and prominent business community and civic leader, also holds the distinction of being the first African American to serve as board chairman of Methodist Health System, and the first from a public- ...

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March 27, 2012 Methodist Dallas Medical Center has earned full certification and The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its hip and knee joint replacement programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Methodist Dallas’ dedication to c ...

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March 16, 2012 In a move to coordinate accountable care and clinical innovation, Methodist Health System has named David Boone to a newly created executive position of senior vice president of Innovation and Retail Health services, and has also promoted Tim Kirby to executive vice president of System Alignment and Integration. Boone brings to the role extensive, diverse, and su ...

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By Doris Giles, RN, MS, and Debbie Seider, RN, MSN Congregational Nursing Coordinators, Methodist Health System Many hospitals talk the talk about treating the whole person -– body, mind, and spirit. We’re proud to say that at Methodist Health System, we walk the walk. As congregational nursing coordinators, we extend the Methodist Health System mission by partnering with nurse ...