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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle earns Pathway to Excellence™ re-designation

successfully underwent a thorough review process that documents quality initiatives that are key to creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research.

“This re-designation validates our efforts to continue striving for the best working environment possible,” said Valarie Gilbert, RN, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Azle. ““We hope the honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.”

Nurses rated their working environment by participating in a confidential online survey. Achieving the Pathway designation demonstrates the professional satisfaction of Texas Health Azle nurses and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

The Pathway to Excellence designation looks at 12 factors that influence the nursing environment in a hospital, including the knowledge, involvement and effectiveness of nursing leadership; compensation and work/life balance of nursing staff; and opportunities for professional development.

“Our culture here at Texas Health Azle is one where nurses thrive, and this designation confirms to the public that our nurses know their efforts are supported,” said Bob Ellzey, FACHE, hospital president. “It’s an honor for them to be recognized for their day-to-day efforts.” 

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle: Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has served Azle, Springtown, Lake Worth and greater northwest Tarrant and Parker Counties since 1954. The hospital’s services include cardiology, orthopedics, imaging and rehabilitation. Texas Health Azle is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Azle.

About Texas Health Resources: Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

About ANCC: The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Pathway to Excellence Program™; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs. www.nursecredentialing.org
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle announced that it has again achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). To earn the designation, Texas Health Azle
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Wins Readers’ Choice ‘Best Hospital’ Awards

“I am proud of our staff, physicians, and volunteers who are dedicated to consistently and compassionately serving the community,” says Methodist Mansfield President John Phillips, FACHE. “We are honored to be recognized as the best hospital by the communities we serve.”

To compile the best list in the community, the local newspapers asked readers to vote for the best company in  dozens of categories. They received hundreds of votes, and the editors selected the best companies based on votes.  “These companies make a difference in our community and go above and beyond to be the best in their industry,” says Amanda Rogers, editor of the Mansfield News Mirror. 

"These honorees are being praised for much more than their business prowess; these organizations and individuals can revel in the fact that they have succeeded in being community builders," said Joshua C. Johnson, Editor of Focus Daily News. "We congratulate them all." 

The awards were presented by the Mansfield News Mirror and by the Focus Daily News at the fourth annual Reader’s Choice Awards celebration at Cedar Hill Recreation Center on Saturday. 

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, 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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org. Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/socialmedia.
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center recently received the Best Hospital award from Focus Daily and Mansfield News Mirror newspapers. The awards were based on votes from readers and members of the community.
Thank a Volunteer for Making Life Better
By Angel Biasatti
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s Director of Community Relations and Marketing

and supporting the hospital in fundraising and administrative efforts.  

The volunteer program began in December 2006 and is still going strong with more than 100 members. The volunteers have accumulated more than 107,000 hours of service to our hospital and have contributed more than $225,000 through fundraising events. 

Whether they’re working in fundraising; operating the gift shop; or assisting patients, visitors, and staff, volunteers are essential in almost every area of the community, touching lives with acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion. 

Their dedication is second to none, and they care for others as if they were family, surrounding staff and patients with love, compassion, and understanding. They touch lives, allow patients to cry quietly on their shoulders with dignity, and help bring hope and relief to those suffering and in need. National Volunteer week in April gives us an opportunity to shine the spotlight on these outstanding individuals and recognize and honor them for their efforts. They’re one of our most valuable assets — the hundreds of men, women, and youth who selflessly give of their time and talents to serve us.

Our hospital has embraced the spirit of volunteerism and the opportunity to give back to others. From special events and programs throughout our hospital, to local schools and businesses who give employees time to volunteer, to individuals who quietly do good deeds behind the scenes, every single volunteer act improves the quality of life of our community and hospital. We are especially proud of our volunteers who quietly go about their day doing acts of kindness to help others and are grateful for their passion and dedication.

During National Volunteer week, we take time to celebrate and thank them for the honorable work that they do. It’s an opportunity to remind ourselves — as well as our community — that Methodist Mansfield volunteers are true blessings who give of themselves and help make life shine bright for all of us. Let’s all take a moment this week to recognize and thank our volunteers.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, visit MethodistHealthSystem.org/Volunteer.
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is blessed to have volunteers who make a difference in people’s lives, giving their time, energy, and effort to help others.

The dedicated volunteers and Auxiliary members at Methodist Mansfield are ambassadors for the hospital and well known for their concern for others, always offering an extra touch of compassion to everyone with whom they come in contact. Volunteers work throughout the hospital giving of themselves, lifting the spirits of others during difficult times, bringing companionship to patients,
Argosy university, Dallas announces new Nursing program
New program provides a blend of online and on-campus courses

Designed for licensed registered nurses (RNs) who have earned either a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing, the university’s new bachelor’s degree program will build upon pre-licensure nursing coursework to help prepare students for professional advancement while meeting the goals articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

“With the growing demand for nurses and a changing health care environment, it is critical to provide the latest communication and collaboration skills required to improve the delivery of healthcare,” says Dr. Kristin Benson, Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Argosy University. “By preparing our nursing students to exercise leadership and establish care priorities, such as delegating responsibility and making evidence based decisions, they will be better equipped to meet the emerging needs of various healthcare systems.”

“And we’re helping employers as well,” continues Benson. “The university is working with local hospitals and healthcare agencies to establish cohort classes at their locations. By holding classes at their site, employers are better able to advance the professional development of their employees while ensuring the skills they learn are tailored to the needs of their organization.” 

According to AMN Healthcare’s 2013 Clinical Workforce Survey, the vacancy rate for nurses has increased to 17 percent, which is considerably higher than the survey conducted in 2009. In addition, recent Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment projections anticipate the number of employed licensed practical and vocational nurses to grow 25 percent until 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

By providing new programs that specifically focus on practical core and elective courses geared towards building the necessary skills nurses require, graduates will be better prepared to advance their careers in nursing and meet the growing demand for qualified healthcare professionals. 

For more information on the new nursing degree program at Argosy University, Dallas, visit argosy.edu/dallas/nursing.

About Argosy University, Dallas: Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. 5001 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX 75244. ©2014 Argosy University. 

See auprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.
In response to recent projections of a national nursing shortage, Argosy University, Dallas is pleased to announce a new nursing program that will address this growing demand with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.
Citizens Medical Center Selects T-System to Reinvent ER As Premier Provider in the Southwest
T-System’s reputation, vision and full-suite capabilities gain hospital’s trust for a complete emergency department solution.

Citizens Medical Center has remained ahead-of-the-curve for adopting sophisticated technologies, being one of the first hospitals to implement electronic health record (EHR) technology in the late 1990s. Citizens turned to T-System’s technology with the goal of providing the best emergency care in the region.

“We are committed to making our ED the shining star in the state of Texas with the most advanced technology available for improving emergency care,” said Stephen Thames, CEO of Citizens Medical Center. “When we finally narrowed our search down to two options, T-System was the clear choice and the only vendor with a solution for the entire emergency care process.”

In the early 2000s, Citizens Medical Center implemented a single enterprise-wide EHR. After experiencing low clinical adoption and throughput challenges, they realized a specialized solution was necessary for the ED due to its distinct environment and clinical workflow.

“Physician buy-in is critical to help us achieve our goals,” said Russell Witte, director of information technology at Citizens Medical Center. “T-System stood out for its intuitive, clinically-focused solutions and record of end-user adoption.”

EV™ will be implemented with the complete set of features, including nurse and physician charting, clinical decision support, CPOE, e-prescribing, throughput statistics management and analytics. Care Continuity will provide Citizens with primary care physician (PCP) patient status notifications, an automated way to identify and refer high-risk patients and a complete set of care plans to be used among providers in the care community.

About T-System: T-System Inc. advances the practice of emergency medicine with solutions proven to solve clinical, financial, operational and regulatory challenges for hospitals and urgent care clinics. About 40 percent of the nation’s EDs use T-System solutions to provide an unmatched patient experience. Through gold-standard documentation, revenue cycle management and performance-enhancing solutions, T-System optimizes care delivery from the front door through discharge and beyond. Today, more than 1,900 facilities across all 50 states rely on T-System solutions. For more information, visit www.tsystem.com. Follow @TSystem on Twitter and LinkedIn, or become a T-System fan on Facebook.
T-System Inc. today announced Citizens Medical Center, a hospital in Victoria, Texas, will implement T-System’s emergency department information system (EDIS), EV™, and patient transition management solution, Care Continuity™.
Nine Methodist Health System Nurses Selected to DFW Great 100 Nurses

Methodist nurses named to the Great 100 Nurses list include:

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Winifred Neal, RN, MSN
Joben Rieth, RN, BS, MBA
Lisa Roberts, RN, BSN, CCRN, NE-BC
Pat Jackson, RN, MA, CIC
Allison Vo, RN, BSN, OCN
Amanda Peña, RN, BSN, CA-SANE

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Cindy Smith, RN
KaLinda Longino, RN, CAPA

Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Kathleen Landergan-Wallner, BSN, RNC-OB

“These nine nurses exemplify the care and compassion shown by all of our nurses, medical staff, and employees,” says Pamela Stoyanoff, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Methodist Health System. “We are proud and grateful for their leadership and for their dedication to their patients.” 

Award recipients will be honored at The DFW Great 100 Nurses awards banquet, May 14 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The DFW Great 100 Nurses awards started in 1991 with a mission of recognizing registered nurses in North Texas for their contributions to the communities in which they live and practice both the art and science of nursing.
Nine Methodist Health System registered nurses (RN) will receive the 2014 DFW Great 100 Nurses award. Chosen from more than 800 nominees, recipients are recognized for being role models, leaders, community servants, compassionate caregivers, and significant contributors to the nursing professions.
Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program at Methodist Charlton Celebrates First Year

Recognized as the first significant innovation in prenatal care in more than a century, this preterm birth prevention program is setting a new gold standard for prenatal care and group education. The program is the only one of its kind in the Best Southwest area of southern Dallas County.

Through group prenatal classes, certified nurse-midwives monitor the mothers’ progress over 10 class visits, and young mothers have opportunities for education, support, and networking with other moms-to-be. Throughout pregnancy and early postpartum, moms-to-be spend two hours with their health care provider during each of the 10 class visits. During each visit they weigh themselves; take their own blood pressure; and participate in group discussions about self-care, infant care, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Prenatal care is provided by certified nurse midwives. 

The goal of LSB is to reduce soaring prematurity rates and their potentially tragic and lifelong impact on individuals, families, health care providers, and society at large.  Preterm birth is tragic, costly, and preventable, and there is a growing national epidemic of babies being born too soon and too small. Preterm birth and low birth weight are among the leading causes of infant death, and low birth weight infants are at much greater risk of dying before their first birthday.

For more information on the innovative Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program, call 214-947-5999.

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, 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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org. Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/socialmedia.
Smiling moms and bouncing babies gathered recently to celebrate the first year of the Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. Included in the group was the first patient, Sarah Santibanez.