Four Methodist Health System Employees Win DFW Hospital Council Awards

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 McRae Scholarship

Kimberly Cline, Patient Care Technician, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Student, El Centro College

Special Recognition Awards

Cindy Melis, Clinical Nursing Supervisor, Methodist Charlton Medical Center

System Award

Janet Brady, Employee Activities Coordinator, Methodist Health System

Employee of the Year Awards

Abi Finberg Provence, Staff Nurse ER, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

"These award winners represent the dedication and hard work shown by all of our employees who are role models for Methodist Health System and the community," Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff says. "We are honored that the DFW Hospital Council has recognized their compassion and dedication to serve and care for others."

Kimberly Cline was chosen for her dedication and compassionate care in both her role as student and a patient care technician at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. She balances her time between studying, working as an administrative assistant for her church, babysitting, working at a local restaurant, and providing care for patients as a patient care technician while attending nursing school. Ms. Cline is also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and takes time to mentor other scouts. In the near future, she hopes to earn her nursing degree, pursue a master's degree and become a nurse practitioner.

Cindy Melis was honored for her leadership, clinical expertise, dedication, and passion for patient care. This year marks her 20-year anniversary of exceptional service at Methodist. Ms. Melis is actively involved in the quality and safety of patient care, educating the staff on national patient safety goals, new procedures and guidelines. Ms. Melis has emailed a report card to each staff nurse for almost two years reminding them of their strengths and opportunities. The nurses love her encouragement and come to her to discuss opportunities for improvement. Since Ms. Melis has served on the customer service team for the hospital's cardiac telemetry unit, the HCAHPS patient satisfaction have risen and continue to climb.

Janet Brady was honored for her strong work ethic and as an outstanding employee role model. She has made many significant and extensive contributions in reducing employee turnover, aiding in top placement in multiple local and national Best Place to Work designations, and increasing Methodist's employee engagement ranking. Ms. Brady is a dedicated supporter for the fight against breast cancer, participating in the 60-mile Komen for the Cure 3-Day Walk for the Cure. Ms. Brady is known for her ability to find joy and spread happiness in all that she does.

Abi Finberg Provence was honored for her leadership, clinical expertise, and compassion to serve and care for others. She says: "If I ever stop making a true contribution to my patients, their families, and my fellow co-workers, I think I need to find a new career." She is both an ER nurse and a hospital nurse supervisor, and serves as an active mentor to nurses in all career levels. Her influence and leadership has helped her unit remain current with implementation of the latest evidence-based practices. She volunteers monthly visiting homebound elderly adults in her community and also works with the school district's Parenting Education Program that provides support and education to teen parents.

"These awards paid tribute to the health care heroes of North Texas including our nurses, technicians, educators and so many other dedicated professionals working in our hospitals," said Kristin Jenkins, president of the DFW Hospital Council Foundation. "The awards are an opportunity to honor the positive spirit and tireless efforts of those employees who assist our hospitals to function smoothly."

Methodist Dallas Medical Center's Martin Koonsman, MD; Methodist Charlton's Stephen Mueller, MD; Methodist Mansfield Medical Center's RN Karen Yates and Ketan Trivedi, MD; and Methodist Richardson Medical Center's RN Vani Prabhu and Nhan Nguyen, MD; were also recognized at the DFW Hospital Council event for their extraordinary contributions to health care and their dedication to excellence.

For 16 years the DFW Hospital Council Foundation event has highlighted the importance of the health care workforce and paid tribute to individuals who contribute to the success of hospitals, patients, the community and the families of those they serve.

Board members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association judged the nominations with the names of individuals and hospitals removed. Board members based their selection on the facts presented.

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About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.

About DFW Hospital Council Foundation

The DFW Hospital Council Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 public charity with a mission to continually improve the community's health by promoting safe, high quality, cost effective, accessible and equitable healthcare and by strengthening the healthcare workforce through education, research and collaboration.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.

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