Patient Care

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 cultur ...

Posted Nurses, Nursing Awards, Patient Care

By Johann Correos, BS, CCRCResearch Center Manager, The Liver InstituteMethodist Dallas Medical Center There’s a well-kept secret on the Methodist Dallas Medical Center campus, which for liver disease patients, could mean a new lease on life. The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas sponsors an active program of clinical research focused on patients suffering from liver disease ...

Becker’s Hospital Review recognizes Methodist for third consecutive year Methodist Health System has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare for the third consecutive year. “Methodist is honored to once again be recognized as one of the best employers in the health care industry,” says Methodist Health System CEO and President Stephen ...

Posted News, Patient Care

By Shannon Huggins Vice President, Managed Care Methodist Health System Sometimes, the ABCs of health care can be confusing. But in the new world of health care reform, there’s one acronym that everyone needs to know — ACO. ACO stands for accountable care organization. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, a ...

By Kyle Orrell Director, Clinical Research Institute Methodist Health System When patients choose Methodist Health System for their care, they probably don’t realize that they are also accessing a hub for clinical research. The independently practicing physicians on the medical staffs at Methodist Dallas, Methodist Charlton, Methodist Mansfield, and Methodist Richardson Medica ...

Posted Clinical Trends, Patient Care

By Jodi Palmer Jodi is a patient care technician at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. Her goal is to get in shape so she can live longer and look good. 1. Congratulations on reaching month four of I am Methodist Health. We want specifics this month. What can you do now that you couldn’t do three months ago? I am able to stay on the elliptical machine for an hour without ex ...

03/08/2013 The March edition of D Magazine features fifteen Methodist Health System nurses honored in the magazine’s second annual Nursing in Excellence Awards program. Four of the 21 nurses chosen for special recognition are Methodist Health System nurses and include: Methodist Dallas Medical Center Director of Nursing Women’s and Children’s Services Pamala Gessling, MBA, BSN ...

Posted News, Nursing Awards, Patient Care

By Tammy Pikey, BSN, CMSRN Director of Med-surg/IMC Methodist Charlton Medical Center I love med-surg nursing. I’ve been doing it my whole life and there’s nothing else I would rather be doing. Why am I so avid about this aspect of nursing? It’s really simple. Working with and being supported by a team of professionals quickly teach you how med-surg nurses care from their hear ...

Posted Nurses, Nursing Specialties, Patient Care

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, finan ...

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 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 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 ...

Posted Career Advancement, Nurses, Patient Care

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 — ...

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

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 ...