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By Steve Maffei, Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Methodist Health SystemA hospital can have the finest facilities and the most advanced technology, but if it does not have a fully engaged workforce, it may have only limited success.Engagement measures employees’ commitment and enthusiasm toward their work. Engaged employees are highly involved and invested in their co ...

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A trio of top leaders from Methodist Health System have been honored in the national list, "Hospital and Healthcare System Leaders to Know," by Becker's Hospital Review magazine. The Chicago-based publication has announced inclusion of Methodist Health System President and CEO, Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, among its "291 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know." Methodi ...

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By Irene Strejc, BSN, MPH, Vice President of Nursing, Methodist Richardson Medical CenterThe need for dynamic nursing leaders who will step up to meet the many challenges facing health care practitioners today is greater than ever. Patient expectations are high. Hospitals are anticipating decreased reimbursement levels and are focused on new levels of efficiency. And electronic ...

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http://youtu.be/1hgBtlQii0MChef Carol Ritchie has shed 24 pounds and 7 ½ inches from her waist and has reduced her cholesterol by 30 points since joining the Methodist To Life! weight-loss program! In this webisode she talks about how taking 15 minutes a week to plan meals and exercise helps her from to avoid sabotaging her hard work -- sometimes simply packing some pre-sliced ...

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By Bernadette Trail, Human Resources Business Partner, Methodist Charlton Medical CenterHealth care is one of the few industries that has added jobs during the recent economic downturn. In spite of these financial times, people still get sick and baby boomers are still getting older. The bottom line is that health care will continue to be a good source of career opportunities. ...

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By Evelina Echols-Sutton, BSN, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, Methodist Charlton Medical CenterIt’s hard to believe there was a time when nurses wore starched, white uniforms, stockings, and caps pinned to their heads. They even had to polish their shoes (white, of course) every few days.The uniform is just one symbol of how nursing has changed over the years. Nur ...

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http://youtu.be/RUzz-cmmvbMSince starting the To Life! weight-loss program Chef Carol Ritchie has dropped more than two jean sizes and continues to lose weight and gain health. During the dog days of summer she shares her ideas for cool treats include strawberry ice cubes, low-fat chicken salad in bell pepper boats, and salad nicoise with tuna, egg, tomato, and green beans. She ...

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Methodist Health System today announced that the board of directors has approved a facility expansion plan exceeding $135 million that will directly benefit southwest Dallas County through renovations of its two existing hospital facilities — Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Methodist Charlton Medical Center.“Southern Dallas is vital to the future growth of the City of Dalla ...

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By Melonie Jackson, Director of Human Resources, Methodist Charlton Medical Center If you’re even thinking about a career change, career fairs offer great opportunities to explore your options. Career fairs showcase a hospital’s clinical specialties and staffing needs, while giving you a chance to look more closely at the organization and the people who work there. They enable ...

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ttp://youtu.be/0qqthyly1KgStephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, President and CEO of Methodist Health System and Karen Taylor, Employee Health Coach at Methodist Health System highlight a few on the job stretches to help employees reduce stress and maintain overall health and well-being ...

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By David Hambrick, BSN, RN, CGRN, Manager, GI Lab, Methodist Dallas Medical CenterIf it seems like more people are diagnosed with digestive diseases these days, it’s true. An aging population and higher levels of obesity and diabetes are just a few of the reasons for the increase. Greater awareness of screening procedures to help detect conditions that might lead to colon cance ...

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For the eighth consecutive year, Methodist Health System has been named among the Best Places to Work in North Texas through an employee survey conducted by the Dallas Business Journal. Winning honorees and specific rankings among the finalists will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 22, during a gala awards luncheon in Dallas and will be featured in a special edition of the publi ...

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http://youtu.be/BeF2_FaeUUsChef Carol Ritchie has reached a new goal in the Methodist To Life! weight-loss program. She's lost 23 pounds and 6/12 inches from waist and is feeling new dedication and motivation in her weight-loss journey. In this webisode she talks about how she met the food challenges of a family reunion and exercised throughout and she prepares "dinners done" - ...

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By Brian T. Asmussen, Director of Neurosurgery Services, Methodist Health SystemNeurosurgery is one of the most exciting areas in medicine today. It’s one where technology is driving advanced care and treatment for patients while providing a challenging and fulfilling career path for health care professionals.Progressive health systems are guided by leading neurosurgeons traine ...

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By ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jessica Rangel, Vice President of Operations, Methodist Dallas Medical CenterMethodist Dallas Medical Center recently partnered with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and AstraZeneca to provide a comprehensive patient navigator program that helps patients through the cancer treatment maze. The navigator is a cancer education and support specialist who, throug ...

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By Jackie Middleton, Vice President, Human Resources OperationsWith changes to the Medicare payment system on the horizon, many new acronyms have surfaced. They’re quickly becoming part of our daily vocabulary, but more important, the meaning behind the letters will drive how hospitals and clinicians provide care. Every health care employee has a stake in these changes, how the ...

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DALLAS – Methodist Health System is pleased to announce that it has been named to the 2011 Becker's Hospital Review/ Becker's ASC Review list of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The 100 workplaces named to this list represent a wide spectrum of facilities, from leading health systems to small community hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers and physician practices. Each ...

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By Tim Taylor, RN, BSN, Manager of Intensive Care Unit, Methodist Mansfield Medical CenterThe latest buzz in health care is the proposed linking of patient outcomes to hospital reimbursement, slated for implementation in 2012. This heightened awareness of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursement and value-based purchasing is, frankly, a little overwhel ...

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http://youtu.be/9Vw_88hNl3EChef Carol Ritchie has lost 22 pounds -- she's reached a plateau, but she knows what she needs to do to continue her weight-loss journey with the Methodist To Life! program. She prepares quick, cool, colorful, healthy summertime salads with quinoa, a super food that contains all eight amino acids, and in-season fruits and vegetables. ...

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By Tony Paterniti, PhD, RN, Director, Department of Education, Methodist Health System Can you walk into an ER waiting area full of anxious people and calm them down? Are you willing to console a patient and his/her family members when a diagnosis isn’t so good? Can you adapt to change easily? Are you comfortable in a fast-paced working environment that requires prioritizing mu ...

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