Accolades (06.03.13)


Three nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano received the DAISY Award for the clinical skills, caring and  compassion they bring into nursing. Judy Common, RN, CEN, CPEN, CA/CP SANE-A-P; Eva Fernandez-Start, BSN; and Gale Ordonez, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, were all honored with the award. Common works in the emergency department at Texas Health Plano, and has been a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) nurse for 10 years. She has been recognized by the award for her ability to connect with patients on a personal level despite the time constraints of working in the emergency department. Fernandez-Start works in the cardiac telemetry unit, and was recently nominated for the DAISY Award by two patients for exuding competence and compassion in her field. Ordonez, who works in the labor and delivery unit, was nominated for her dedication to working with nursing students.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas presented awards to eight nurses who provide “magnetic” care to patients, family and the community at its 22nd annual Nursing Awards ceremony. The eight recipients are:

  • Andreana Baker, B.S.N., RNC-NICU, nurse supervisor in the neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Health Dallas, who was recognized for Excellence in Nursing Leadership -Transformational Leadership.
  • Christine Brooks, M.S.N., RNC-NICU, nurse manager for the level III NICU at Texas Health Dallas, who was recognized for Excellence in Nursing Research, Evidence Based Practice and Innovation.
  • Susan Cooper, B.S.N., R.N., CPAN, nurse manager for the post anesthesia care unit at Texas Health Dallas, who received the Excellence in Nursing Leadership – Exemplary Professional Practice award.
  • Nell Hines, B.S.N., R.N., clinical educator in the psychiatry unit at Texas Health Dallas, who was recognized for Excellence in Nursing Education – Structural Empowerment.
  • Dana Polk, B.S.N., RNC-NICU, clinical nurse for the level III neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Health Dallas, was recognized for Excellence in Clinical Nursing – Transformational Leadership.
  • Mercy Thomas, R.N., a certified nurse in the rehabilitation unit at Texas Health Dallas, who received the Excellence in Clinical Nursing – Exemplary Professional Practice award.
  • Krystal Reed, who received this year’s Clinical Technician of the year award.
  • Christina Saldivar, who received the Unit Secretary of the Year award.



Texas Health Care has received the “Spirit of the Community” aware from the Shared Community Benefit Foundation for supporting the group’s communications efforts through The Greatest Gift Catalogue Ever, a guide that connects non-profits with prospective donors. Texas Health Care president and CEO Larry Tatum, M.D., was instrumental in the growth of The Greatest Gift Ever Catalogue. Tatum encouraged member physicians to place the catalogue, which couldn’t afford to advertise, in their reception areas. The catalogue has since resulted in a $2.5 million impact to local charities such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House and the Tarrant County Women’s Center, among many others.

Methodist Charlton Medical Center has been presented the STAR Community Partner Award by the Cedar Hill ISD for its Heart of the Community Challenge and other school and community involvement. The Heart of the Community Challenge is a free 16-week program that challenges families to improve their overall health, while having fun at the same time. This year, Methodist Charlton expanded the program to include 100 households in the area.

Parkland Health & Hospital System’s received a Gold Aster Award from Marketing Healthcare Today for its patient newsletter, Ahora. Ahora was recognized as best external newsletter for hospitals with more than 500 beds. Every month 4,600 copies of the bilingual newsletter are distributed to Parkland’s Community Oriented Primary Care health centers and Youth & Family centers, as well as the outpatient clinics located in the hospital. Ahora aims to enhance patients’ experience at Parkland by keeping them informed of the latest Parkland news, changes and updates.

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