Accolades (03.13.13)


Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital medical director Jeffrey Schussler, M.D. FSCAI has been named one of the 12 early-career interventional cardiologists to participate in the 2013-13 Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program. Schussler was chosen out of a 135 applicants for showing the potential to lead and excel regionally and nationally in the areas of clinical care, scholarship, education and advocacy. The chosen physicians will participate in a two-year mentorship program to improve and refine their skills as leaders in medicine.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Financial Officer Brian Craft has been named to fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives for showing his commitment to the healthcare profession and community. Craft completed more than 40 hours of continuing education, served more than five years in healthcare management and participated in local civic and healthcare communities. In 2011, he joined Texas Health as vice president of finance. Currently, he serves as group financial officer of Texas Health Plano and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

Dr. Eric Olson, UT Southwestern Medical Center Department of Molecular Biology chairmen, has received the 2013 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology for identifying key genetic pathways in the formation of the heart and other muscles. He work has been recognized for forging new insights into the development and regeneration of the heart, which could lead to new treatments for heart disease and muscle dysfunction. Olson has served as the UTSW chair of the Department of Molecular Biology since 1995, and he also directs their Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Center for Basic Research in Cancer.

Randall Canedy chairman of the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Community Advisory Board, Board Member of Methodist Health System Board of Directors, and President of Frost Bank Mansfield was awarded the Shirley Karznia Dedication to Service Award by the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes an individual who personifies Shirley Karznia and is dedicated to service, involved in the community and fosters business for the betterment of the community.

Twenty-six Methodist Family Health Center physicians were recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for their efforts to adapt their practices to meet the individual needs of their patients. The NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Program sets standards to track how well a physician or practice aligns with the core components of primary care.

The recognized physicians are:

  • Pam Santone
  • Eric Beadle
  • Michael Sims
  • Olga Jones
  • Kathleen Humphries
  • Gerald George
  • Brandy Robinson
  • Brian Jones
  • Jaclyn Ganacias
  • Shyama Gandhi
  • Donna Shannon
  • Mary Welp
  • Jeff McDaniel
  • Darin Charles
  • John Thurmond
  • Nancy Georgekutty
  • Amber Hyde
  • Jennifer Bang
  • Jill Waggoner
  • Robert Suter
  • Patricia Allamon
  • Callie Hollenshead
  • Darrell Thigpen
  • Laquita Shepard
  • Lauri Ballard
  • Melissa Gerdes

Twenty-three nurses from Texas Health Resources system hospitals have been honored with the 2013 “DFW Great 100 Nurses” annual award. They have been recognized for exemplifying excellence in the art and science of nursing.

The Texas Health Resources nurses who were awarded were:

  • Nancy O’Steen, R.N., B.S., CMSRN
  • Kristy Anderson, B.S.N., R.N., ONC
  • Mary De La Garza, B.S.N., CMSRN
  • Jennifer Harland, B.S.N., R.N.
  • Michelle Johnson, B.S.N., R.N., PCCN
  • Sara Kardash, B.S.N., R.N., CCRN
  • Elaine Nelson, M.S.N., R.N., CCRN, NEA-BC
  • Kae Sutton, R.N., CCRN, CCAP
  • Kristin Templin, B.S.N., R.N.
  • Kerry Miller, B.S.N., R.N., CEN
  • Susan Christenson, B.S.N., R.N., CEN
  • Kathy Terryah, R.N., CMSRN
  • Lisa Ayala, B.S.N., RNC-NIC
  • Nell Hines, B.S.N., R.N.
  • Victoria Jiles, B.S., R.N., OCN
  • Alex Klacman, B.S.N., R.N.-C, CCRN
  • Lauren Montgomery, B.S.N., R.N.C.-OB
  • Christi Nguyen, M.S.N., M.H.A., R.N., CWON, NE-BC, FACHE
  • Jamie Watson, R.N.
  • Jody Bauer, B.S.N., R.N.
  • Julia Hilton, B.S.N., R.N.
  • Lisa Perkins, B.S.N., R.N., CEN
  • Reina Rhodes, R.N.

Three local Texas nurses were honored by The American Nurse Project by having their stories told through photography and film in this national not-for-profit initiative. The American Nurse Project, presented by Fresenius Kabi USA, is the work of photographer Carolyn Jones, who has traveled the country in order to tell the stories of nurses at work. Debra DuBois, Jane Champion and Manny Munoz were recognized by the American Nurse Project for their compassion, courage and dedication to nursing. They were all honored at Texas Health Dallas during the TONE Conference by the Nurse behind The American Nurse Project, Ft. Worth RN, MSN and Vice President of Fresenius Kabi, Rhonda Collins. Dubois is a nurse midwife at The Women’s Health Center at Texas Health Dallas, which serves low-income women during pregnancy and postpartum. Champion holds seven graduate degrees, works for the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and runs a women’s clinic in Uvalde. Munoz is a cardiac rehabilitation nurse at the Del Sol LifeCare Center Cardiac Rehab Department, who serves a predominately Hispanic population and brings enthusiasm and humility to his work.

Twenty-six Baylor Health Care System nurses have been recognized in the annual DFW Great 100 Nurses list for being role models in leadership, serving their communities and contributing significantly to nursing.

The Baylor nurses named among the 2013 Great 100 include:

  • Kandace Anderson
  • Clarice (Nettie) Kuhn-Verdi
  • Robert Haydon Williams
  • Lisa Inmon
  • Bella Pepito
  • Sindhu Sudheer
  • Denise Taggart
  • Christa Lambert
  • Margaret (Marty) Murff
  • Lisa Block
  • Sandra Carey
  • Kimberly Ewton
  • Sue Gillingham
  • Beth Houser
  • Kelley Isringhaus
  • Micky McDaniel
  • Buffy Miller
  • Sheila Morocco
  • Roselyne Otieno
  • Christine Roberts
  • Nancy Smith
  • Charlene Cink
  • Jane Dempster
  • Susamma Mathew
  • Sharla McDaniel
  • Monica Spencer

Four UNT Health Science Center physicians and researchers were recognized as Fort Worth HealthCare Heroes by the Fort Worth Business Press for creating healthier communities. W. Paul Bowman, MD, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to children’s health. Meharvan “Sonny” Singh, PhD, received the Research in Medicine Award for his research on how hormones affect the brain and the role they play in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Nicoleta Bugnariu, PhD, was recognized as a HealthCare Hero for her research into ways to improve physical rehabilitation as well as understanding human posture and movement throughout life in healthy and neurologically impaired populations. G. Sealy Massingill, MD, was also recognized as a HealthCare Hero for his mentoring of students and residents, particularly emphasizing the importance of engaging patients in medical decisions and ensuring they receive the highest possible care.

Twenty-five Methodist Familty Health Center physicians have been recognized by the Bridges to Excellence Diabetes Care Program for providing excellent care to patients diagnosed with diabetes. These physicians as well as the Bridges to Excellence Diabetes Care Program aim to reduce hospital stays and improve patient outcomes.

The following physicians have received or had their previous recognition renewed:

  • Shakil Ahmed, MD — Methodist Richardson Health Center
  • Karen Baker, MD – Methodist Family Health Center – Cedar Hill
  • Lauri Ballard, MD — Methodist Family Health Center – South Arlington
  • Jennifer Bang, MD – Methodist Charlton Medical Group
  • Darin Charles, MD — Methodist Mansfield Medical Group
  • Daniel Flaming, MD — Methodist Breckinridge Family Medical Group
  • Jaclyn Ganacias, MD – Methodist Family Health Center – Cedar Hill
  • Shyama Gandhi, MD — Methodist Family Health Center – Cedar Hill
  • Gerald George, DO – Methodist Family Health Center – Lake Prairie
  • Nancy Georgekutty, MD – Methodist Mansfield Medical Group
  • Kathleen Humphries, DO – Methodist Family Health Center – Central Grand Prairie
  • Thomas Jeffrey, MD — Methodist Richardson Family Medical Group
  • Brian Jones, MD – Methodist Family Health Center – Cedar Hill
  • Mike Marshall, MD – Methodist Family Health Center – Cedar Hill
  • Brandy Robinson, MD — Methodist Family Health Center – Lake Prairie
  • Susan Rogers, MD — Methodist Richardson Family Medical Group
  • Gary Sackrison, MD — Methodist Breckinridge Family Medical Group
  • Pamela Santone, DO – Methodist Family Health Center – South Grand Prairie
  • Donna Shannon, MD – Methodist Family Health Center – Midlothian
  • Alanna Silverstein, MD — Methodist Richardson Health Center
  • Michael Sims, MD – Methodist Family Health Center – South Grand Prairie
  • Pamela Singh, MD — Methodist Richardson Medical Group
  • Darrell Thigpen, MD – Methodist Family Health Center – Kessler Park
  • John Thurmond, MD – Methodist Mansfield Medical Group
  • Mary Welp, MD — Methodist Family Health Center – Midlothian


Centennial Medical Center in Frisco has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its spinal surgery program. After a rigorous on-site review, Centennial was recognized for its continued compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Certification Program addresses three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Novation has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an international organization dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, governance, anti-corruption and sustainability. Novation was acknowledged for its continued ethical business practices and initiatives. Additionally, Novation holds the Ethics Inside® Certification from the Ethisphere Institute. Novation was reviewed in the areas of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories in order to be selected as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Texas Health Resources has been selected to receive the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) from Quality Texas Foundation. Texas Health has been recognized for its high-performance as a role model organization and its commitment to quality, learning and improvement. Texas Health was one of only two healthcare organizations recognized by the award, which were selected using the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria for Performance Excellence and other organizational improvement methods and tools.

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