Fifteen Methodist Health System nurses were honored in D Magazines inaugural Excellence in Nursing Awards program including Cherie James, RN, BSN, ONC, from Methodist Charlton Medical Center who won the Orthopedics Excellence in Nursing Award, and Methodist Mansfield Medical Centers Tonya Pena, RN-BC, who won the General Medicine Excellence in Nursing Award. Thirteen other Methodist nurses were finalists among the 86 who were nominated.
“All of these extraordinary nurses are role models and are admired for their leadership and clinical expertise,” Pamela Stoyanoff, executive vice president and COO, said in a news release. “They extend that same compassionate care and dedication to serve and care for others in our communities and are well deserving of being named as winners and finalists for this recognition.”
The nurse finalists honored at the publications ceremony were — Cardiology: Stacey Jantzen, RN, BSN, Methodist Mansfield; Intensive Care: Tim Taylor, RN, BSN, Methodist Mansfield; Internal Medicine: Ulondia Lee, RN, MSN, Methodist Mansfield; Leadership: Jeanne Reeves, RN, BSN, MS, Methodist Mansfield; Neonatal: Amanda Truelove, RNC-OB, BSN, Methodist Mansfield; Neurosciences: Teresa Jones, RN, Methodist Mansfield; Nursing Administration: Christopher Fowler, RN, PhD, MBA, Methodist Dallas; Karla Ramberger, RN, BSN, Methodist Dallas; and Irene Strejc, RN, BSN, MPH, Methodist Richardson; Orthopedics: Melissa Garrison, RN-ONC, BSN, Methodist Mansfield; Psychiatry: David Andrews, RN, BSN, Methodist Mansfield; Womens Health: Vicki Wiseman, RNC-OB, BSN, MBA, Methodist Mansfield; and Lynda Darlene Howl, RNC, WHCNP-BC, NCC, Methodist Dallas Golden Cross Academic Clinic.
In other news, Methodist Dallas, Methodist Charlton and Methodist Mansfield Medical Centers again have been designated as 2012 Texas Ten Step facilities by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association. This marks the fourth consecutive year the hospitals have achieved this designation, according to a news release.
The Texas Medical Association officially endorsed the Texas Ten Step Program in 2009. Health professionals agree breastfeeding is the first step toward a healthy life. The three Methodist facilities have implemented 10 goals or “steps,” and offer help, support and guidance about nursing and lactation services through prenatal education classes.
Additional information is available at MethodistHealthSystem.org/Women.