Our Veterans are Superheroes!

Meet David Nguyen and eight Methodist veterans! A salute to all!

Methodist Health System 

Update November 11, 2021: Methodist Health System is very proud to announce that we have once again earned the 2022 Military Friendly® Silver designation. We also earned Top Ten Employer status in the military spouse, supplier diversity, and friendly brand categories.

For Veterans Day, Methodist Health System is honoring all our men and women veterans who are part of the Methodist family. After all, we are a Military Friendly® employer, Silver designation, as well as a Military Spouse Employment Partner — and we want our veterans to know how proud we are to work side by side with them. Time and again, our veteran employees have shown us that the qualities they have acquired in service to our country translate perfectly to the characteristics we all admire in healthcare workers. We would not be the organization we are without them.

Below are a few fun profiles about some of our veterans. For all they have done for our country and our patients, we can’t thank them enough.

Meet eight of our superstar veterans

  • Dominique Abernathy is a certified surgical technologist in the operating room at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, as well as a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, where she learned her profession. Her father was a Marine, and her nephew is in the Army. She feels honored to work for an organization that appreciates the qualities and skill sets veterans offer. During the pandemic, she even made military-themed personal protective equipment. What an honor to have her!
  • Joshua Ast is a surgical services manager at Methodist Richardson Medical Center and a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. Once when he was returning from an Afghanistan deployment, his colleagues donated some of their own paid time off so he could take extra days before Thanksgiving week. “I’ll never forget that,” he says. “That’s the biggest thing that’s influenced me to keep coming back to work with this team for the last 15 years.”
  • Gualberto Carrion Jr. is an infection preventionist at Methodist Charlton and has served as a specialist in the U.S. Army. He says that joining Methodist 16 years ago was the right decision because, “No matter how tough or scary the situation may be, you will never have to face it alone.” He’s proud to be one of us, and we’re very proud to have him!
  • Robert Danage is a manager in pastoral services at Methodist Midlothian Medical Center and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves Chaplain Corps for 10 years. What he loves about working for a Military Friendly employer is Methodist's commitment to honoring and serving those who gave so much for our freedom. He’s also proud to represent an organization whose tradition is rooted in Christian values and one that strives for excellence, fairness, and diversity in its workforce.
  • Jacqueline Gillums is a nurse in the cardiac catheterization lab at Methodist Charlton and a medical technician in the U.S. Air Force, where her husband also served for 24 years. She enjoys swapping stories with other veterans, especially patients, who relax the moment they learn how she served. When her husband was a patient at Methodist Charlton, she was proud of the staff for the care he received, even though they didn’t know she worked for Methodist.
  • Harold Magee is the manager of children’s services at Methodist Richardson and a U.S. Army sergeant. He credits the military for his organization and leadership skills, and sharing stories with other veterans enriches his work. He comes from a military family, with his father retired from the U.S. Army and his son serving in the U.S. Navy. He’s proud to have helped build the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, designated Level III.
  • Christian Mote is a resource team manager at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and a U.S. Army infantryman. His wife, Monica, works at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, so healthcare is a family affair. He says that being a veteran has helped him stay calm under pressure in intense situations. He proved that when he saved the life of a vendor who collapsed while dropping off papers at the hospital!
  • David Nguyen is a nurse in the resource department of Methodist Dallas. He’s also a captain and officer in charge of the intermediate care ward in the U.S. Army. He was attracted to Methodist by our great reputation and community involvement. What's more, working for a Military Friendly employer means a lot to him. “I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my military or family obligations without Methodist support,” he says.
  • Kristen Velez is a nurse house supervisor at Methodist Southlake Medical Center and a major and critical care nurse in the U.S. Army. She says that her military service has helped her navigate through change and challenges with ease. And knowing that her leaders and colleagues appreciate and value her service makes her feel proud and respected. We are just as proud of Kristen.

We salute all our veterans at Methodist. They are a big part of what makes our healthcare system great, and we will always remember that.

If you’re looking for an organization that is committed to welcoming veterans and their families, take a look at Methodist Health System. Visit us at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

© Methodist Health System