Three Methodist Health System employees were among honorees named in the prestigious 2013 Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Awards this year.
Rex McRae Scholarship
•Vanita Currin, nurse extern, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, and student, El Centro College
Special Recognition Awards
•Mary Jo Walters, nursing clinical coordinator, Methodist Charlton Medical Center
•Sharon Smith, RN, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
The recipients were selected from representatives of 50 area hospitals for the award honoring employees who made a significant impact on patients, peers and the community at large.
“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.”
Vanita Currin was chosen for her dedication and compassionate care in both her role as student and an extern at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. She balances her time between raising a family of three while pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse, following the career paths of her mother and grandmother who dedicated their lives to nursing. She discovered a passion for nursing when her twins spent the first three months of their lives in a neonatal intensive care unit. Ms. Currin is among the top in her class at El Centro while serving as a member of the Student Nurses Association. Serving others renews her spirit and gives her inspiration to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.
Mary Jo Walters was honored for her leadership, clinical expertise, dedication, and passion for patient care. She was actively involved in developing easier and understandable computer charting screens and has reduced the infection rates in patients by implementing new and safer ways to treat and care for them. She was also an integral part of transitioning the unit from a level II to level IIIA nursery. Ms. Walters also chairs the nursing peer review, is a trainer for Meditech users and CPR students, and has taught more than 60 employees the infant security system.
Sharon Smith was honored for her strong work ethic and is an outstanding employee role model. Whether at the bedside or in the lead nurse role, this nurse is committed to preparing and mentoring current and future generations of nurses. She plays a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce and interpersonal relationships. She helped in the formation of a new nursing unit, providing peer interviews and precepting for more than 50 staff members. Ms. Smith works tirelessly to improve patient education regarding medications. She actively organized and recruited nurses for a mission trip to Haiti, taking vacation time to help feed, clothe, and provide desperately needed health care to the underserved and underprivileged. She utilized her nursing expertise to train Haitian nurses while caring for hundreds of patients.
“These awards pay 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 Allison Vo, volunteer Charles Newby and Phil Berry, MD; Methodist Charlton’s volunteer Brett Tullos and Allan Van Horn, M.D.; Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s volunteer Randall Canedy and Darin Charles, MD.; and Methodist Richardson Medical Center’s RN Tanya Packer and volunteer Lynda Abbott were also recognized at the DFW Hospital Council event for their extraordinary contributions to health care and their dedication to excellence.
For 17 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.