North Texas hospital employees awarded at April 25 Luncheon
Brendy Kirkland, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
A salute to the North Texas hospital workforce, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation’s 22nd Annual Employee of the Year Luncheon was held April 25 at the Hurst Conference Center. More than 700 attendees turned out to honor 135 nominees and 16 announced winners from a pool of 56 area hospitals.
“What a great day it was. We appreciate the opportunity to honor these great North Texas hospital employees,” said Kristin Jenkins, president of the DFWHC Foundation. “The goal of this luncheon is to make a difference in the quality of care by helping to boost morale of our hospital staffs and recognize the importance of each employee. All of the nominees deserved to be recognized and it was our honor to applaud each and every one of them.”
Rebekah Gregory served as keynote speaker in support of the theme “Caregivers Matter: A Survivor’s Story.” Gregory is an inspirational survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 and discussed the care she received from the many nurses, physicians and local residents over a period of several months.
Scott Peek, chief operating officer of Baylor University Medical Center and chair of DFWHC, and Ruben Esquivel, vice president of community and corporate relations at UT Southwestern and chair of the DFWHC Foundation, served as masters of ceremonies.
One of the highlights was the Volunteer of the Year Award presented posthumously to Stella Bressler of UT Southwestern William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Bressler, who passed away this year, had served as a volunteer at her hospital since 1969. Her family was present to accept the award.
Additional recipients included:
Rex McRae Scholarship
• Brandii Price, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center/Mountain View College
Nurse Preceptor Award
• Rowena Samonte, VA North Texas Health Care System
• Dr. Abeezar Shipchandler, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano
• Dr. Erik Axene, Medical Center McKinney
• Janice Holmes, Children’s Health
• Molly Grinstead, Program Manager for Patient Safety, Children’s Health
Community Service Award
• Lea Goad, Recreational Therapist, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation
Special Recognition Awards
• Ashley Laible, Coordinator of Cardiac Rehab, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
• Ardell Taylor, Registered Nurse, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano
• LaDonna McKee, Registered Nurse II, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital SW Fort Worth
• Anthony Karanja, Registered Nurse, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Employee of the Year Awards
• Crystal Dillon-Foster, Admissions Coordinator, Kindred Hospital Tarrant County Fort Worth SW
• James Sullivan, Nurse Supervisor, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Carrollton
• Chad Mitchell, Facility Tech 3, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
• Brendy Kirkland, Registered Nurse, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Board members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association judged nominations on March 28. Individual and hospital names were removed in advance and selections were based entirely on the facts presented within the form letter. Nominees were separated into four categories of hospitals including 1-99 beds, 100-250 beds, 251-499 beds and 500-plus beds.