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Medical City McKinney announced Elizabeth Kim, MD, Deb Miller, RN, and Sharon Weter, as the recipients of the Frist Humanitarian Award, the hospital’s highest employee and volunteer award.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize a physician, employee and volunteer at each HCA Healthcare-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community.  The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA Healthcare, the parent company of Medical City Healthcare.

Elizabeth Kim, MD, is a trauma surgeon that organizes medical mission trips to Haiti, and during her most recent trip, she and her team saw 96 patients and staffed 40 surgeries. The impact of her trips to Haiti has led Dr. Kim to establish an international medical rotation for medical residents to assist with medical missions.

Deb Miller, RN, is recognized for developing innovative ways to teach others through hands-on training courses, mentoring a high school robotics team, and volunteering at a local nursing home and other charities. She has won two innovators awards at the hospital and division level for her innovative teaching programs and created fun, customized hands-on training puzzles for nurses to participate in during Nurses Week.  

Sharon Weter is a member of the Volunteer Auxiliary and averages more than 400 volunteer hours a year. Since joining the Volunteer Auxiliary five years ago, Weter has served in several roles throughout the hospital, including accounts payable clerk and assisting in the gift shop. She also helps out at Community Health Clinic of McKinney, where she contributed 760 volunteer hours last year.

Medical City McKinney is a 260-bed, acute care hospital that offers comprehensive services including a Level III trauma center, cardiovascular, neurological services, general surgery, orthopedics, women’s services, a neonatal intensive care unit and behavioral health services. Medical City McKinney is a primary stroke center, a stroke rehabilitation center and the Joint Commission accredited total hip and total knee replacement center. Medical City ER Stonebridge, located at Custer and Hwy 380, is Medical City McKinney’s off-campus emergency room. Medical City McKinney is part of Medical City Healthcare. For more information: www.medicalcitymckinney.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Elizabeth Kim, MD Frist Humanitarian Award - Physician

Medical City McKinney announced Elizabeth Kim, MD, Deb Miller, RN, and Sharon Weter, as the recipients of the Frist Humanitarian Award, the hospital’s highest employee and volunteer award.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize a physician, employee and volunteer at each HCA Healthcare-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community.  The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA Healthcare, the parent company of Medical City Healthcare.

Elizabeth Kim, MD, is a trauma surgeon that organizes medical mission trips to Haiti, and during her most recent trip, she and her team saw 96 patients and staffed 40 surgeries. The impact of her trips to Haiti has led Dr. Kim to establish an international medical rotation for medical residents to assist with medical missions.

Deb Miller, RN, is recognized for developing innovative ways to teach others through hands-on training courses, mentoring a high school robotics team, and volunteering at a local nursing home and other charities. She has won two innovators awards at the hospital and division level for her innovative teaching programs and created fun, customized hands-on training puzzles for nurses to participate in during Nurses Week.  

Sharon Weter is a member of the Volunteer Auxiliary and averages more than 400 volunteer hours a year. Since joining the Volunteer Auxiliary five years ago, Weter has served in several roles throughout the hospital, including accounts payable clerk and assisting in the gift shop. She also helps out at Community Health Clinic of McKinney, where she contributed 760 volunteer hours last year.

Medical City McKinney is a 260-bed, acute care hospital that offers comprehensive services including a Level III trauma center, cardiovascular, neurological services, general surgery, orthopedics, women’s services, a neonatal intensive care unit and behavioral health services. Medical City McKinney is a primary stroke center, a stroke rehabilitation center and the Joint Commission accredited total hip and total knee replacement center. Medical City ER Stonebridge, located at Custer and Hwy 380, is Medical City McKinney’s off-campus emergency room. Medical City McKinney is part of Medical City Healthcare. For more information: www.medicalcitymckinney.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Medical City McKinney now offers patients seeking weight loss treatment bariatric surgical options, including gastric bypass and gastric sleeve procedures.

Bariatric surgery can offer hope to patients who have been unsuccessful in reaching their weight loss goals through traditional methods such as diet and exercise. Obesity surgery provides a jumpstart to lose weight successfully and improve lifestyle habits for those who qualify.

“Our experts are pleased to provide life-changing bariatric surgery in our own community, which previously required travel to other areas of North Texas to receive,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, CEO of Medical City McKinney. “Our bariatric program is another reason we are the destination of choice for healthcare excellence in McKinney and the surrounding area.”

Obesity increases the risks of illness and death because of conditions commonly associated with it, including diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of conditions related to severe obesity.

Medical City McKinney is a 260-bed, acute care hospital that offers comprehensive services including a Level III trauma center, cardiovascular, neurological services, general surgery, orthopedics, women’s services, a neonatal intensive care unit and behavioral health services. Medical City McKinney is a primary stroke and a stroke rehabilitation center. Medical City ER Stonebridge, located at Custer and Hwy 380, is Medical City McKinney’s off-campus emergency room. Medical City McKinney is part of Medical City Healthcare. For more information: www.medicalcitymckinney.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Healthgrades awards recognize superior performance

Medical City McKinney has been honored for outstanding women’s services in the 2018 Women’s Care Awards by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

This is the fourth year Medical City McKinney has received the Five-Star Award for Vaginal Delivery, and the first year the hospital was awarded the Five-Star Award for C-Section Delivery. A 5-Star rating indicates that the hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the evaluated procedure.

“This national recognition speaks to our commitment to quality patient care, and our promise to our patients – to provide excellence always, every action, every patient, every time,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, CEO of Medical City McKinney.

‘The Healthgrades 2018 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award recognizes hospitals for exceptional performance and helps consumers find the right care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “High-quality outcomes are a top priority for consumers when choosing hospitals, and the recipients of this award stand out due to their records of success.”

Medical City McKinney is one of nine Medical City Healthcare hospitals honored for outstanding women’s services in the 2018 Women’s Care Awards, including Medical City Alliance, Medical City Arlington, Medical City Dallas, Medical City Las Colinas, Medical City Lewisville, Medical City North Hills, Medical City Plano, and Medical City Weatherford.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

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Fecal transplant at Medical City McKinney helps recovery from serious C.diff infections

Gastroenterologist Manmeet Padda, MD, FASGE, performed Medical City McKinney’s first fecal microbiota transplant on a patient with clostridium difficile (C.diff), a bacterium that can be life threatening. 

Fecal microbiota transplant is an outpatient procedure that introduces healthy bacterial flora into a patients’ colon through infusion of medically processed stool from a healthy donor. The procedure has proven effective treating serious cases of C.diff because it allows physicians to restore the good bacteria in the body and rebuild the immune system. Patients typically start to feel better within a week of a fecal transplant.

“More than two thousand species of bacteria lives inside the body, and sometimes that good bacteria is wiped out with a bad bacterium like C.diff, which can be life threatening,” said Dr. Padda. “C.diff bacteria is all around us, but is transferred hand-to-hand and can develop after the use of antibiotics.”

Patients with C.diff usually experience severe lower abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea. Oral antibiotics are used for mild cases and IV antibiotics for moderate cases. Fecal transplants are considered when prior treatment has failed.

 “A fecal microbiota transplant is done in the same manner as a colonoscopy, and takes about 10 minutes,” said Dr. Padda. “We flush the colon and add the new donated material, which has been prescreened for infections, cleaned by a donor bank, and kept frozen prior to transplant.”

Prior to fecal transplants, patient with severe cases of C.diff often required prolonged hospitalization and multiple repeat antibiotic treatments.  

“The fecal microbiota transplant can allow certain patients to live a normal life, without life-changing and often excruciating pain,” said Dr. Padda.

 

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Erik Axene, MD, an emergency medicine physician on staff at Medical City McKinney, was awarded the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation’s Physician of the Year award during its annual Employee of the Year Luncheon.

Dr. Axene, who serves as the assistant medical director for Medical City McKinney’s emergency department, was recognized for his dedication to teaching others, along with his compassion and respect for his patients and co-workers.

As a former high school chemistry teacher, Dr. Axene has a passion for teaching. He dedicates professional and personal time to time providing continuing education courses to local EMS and to educating the community on disease prevention. This year, during the height of the influenza epidemic, he presented talks on flu prevention and treatment to several local community groups.

Colleagues say that Dr. Axene is a positive role model for peers, hospital staff and the community. He is known to put his “dad hat” on when caring for pediatric patients, and explains that he cares for patients as if they were part of his own family. He has also been recognized for helping an employee in need of financial help and is known to go above and beyond in other situations.

“Dr. Axene provides our patients with exemplary medical care, and we are excited to see him receive such a well-deserved honor,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, FACHE, CEO of Medical City McKinney. “He stands as an outstanding example of our commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”

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On Wednesday, May 9th, Medical City McKinney held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off construction of a new rehabilitation and behavioral health services pavilion.

The $52 million expansion project will allow the hospital to relocate services from the Wysong campus to the main campus, while also adding additional patient beds and enhanced services.

“By expanding and moving these services to our main campus, we will be able to provide our patients with a full continuum of care in one location,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, FACHE, CEO of Medical City McKinney. “Our patients will be better served when our entire range of healthcare services are centrally located on one campus.”

The rehab and behavioral health pavilion will include:

  • 20 inpatient rehabilitation patient rooms
  • 80 adult and geriatric behavioral health patient rooms
  • Outpatient behavioral health program
  • Outdoor healing garden
  • Design elements to include focus on natural lighting and open floor plan in common area

“Medical City McKinney is expanding to meet our growing community’s needs,” said Lynch. “This project is just the beginning of a multi-phase expansion for the hospital.”

The rehabilitation and behavioral health pavilion is part of Medical City Healthcare’s major capital investment initiative of more than $1.7 billion spent or committed over five years. Construction is expected to be complete by December 2019.

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Medical City McKinney is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI).  The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities that have least 50 percent of its operating room nursing staff CNOR certified.

 The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development and is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

“We encourage national board certification for all of our nurses and are proud to have the majority of our surgical nurses certified,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, FACHE, Medical City McKinney CEO. “Certification plays an important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients.”

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. This strength in numbers is why CCI launched the CNOR Strong program; to recognize those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.

Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to a facility, and supporting nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification shows Medical City McKinney’s commitment to its core values.

Medical City McKinney is a 260-bed, acute care hospital that offers comprehensive services including a Level III trauma center, cardiovascular, neurological services, general surgery, orthopedics, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit and behavioral health services. Medical City McKinney is a primary stroke center, a stroke rehabilitation center and achieved the Joint Commission’s prestigious Top Performer recognition for sustaining excellence in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, stroke and perinatal care. Medical City ER Stonebridge, located at Custer and Hwy 380, is Medical City McKinney’s off-campus emergency room. Medical City McKinney is part of Medical City Healthcare. For more information: www.medicalcitymckinney.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Medical City McKinney celebrated Certified Nurses Day on Monday, March 19th by honoring more than 120 board certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care.

Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

Medical City McKinney encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider.

Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.


Medical City McKinney is a 260-bed, acute care hospital that offers comprehensive services including a Level III trauma center, cardiovascular, neurological services, general surgery, orthopedics, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit and behavioral health services. Medical City McKinney is a primary stroke center, a stroke rehabilitation center and achieved the Joint Commission’s prestigious Top Performer recognition for sustaining excellence in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, stroke and perinatal care. Medical City ER Stonebridge, located at Custer and Hwy 380, is Medical City McKinney’s off-campus emergency room. Medical City McKinney is part of Medical City Healthcare. For more information: www.medicalcitymckinney.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Medical City McKinney is pleased to announce three nurses have received recognition as one of DFW’s “The Great 100 Nurses” including Christine Law, Surgical Recovery; Dave Owen, Education Director; and Brandon Stark, Medical/Surgical Director.

“The Great 100 Nurses” recognizes RNs for excellence in the art and science of nursing. Nurses were nominated by peers and selected because they are role models, leaders, community servants, compassionate caregivers and significant contributors of the nursing profession. Honorees come from all practice areas in nursing, including acute care, sub-acute care, school nursing, nurse leaders, academics and more.

“Medical City McKinney has many outstanding nurses, and I am proud to see three of our nurse leaders selected for this prestigious honor. The Great 100 Nurses recognizes each of them for their individual contributions to the nursing field,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer of Medical City McKinney.

Christine Law

Since joining Medical City McKinney in 2011, Law has had the opportunity to see nursing from several angles. She started her nursing career in behavioral health, transitioned to the ICU, and recently moved to surgical recovery.

While in ICU, Law played a significant role in the unit culture and also served as the preceptor for the majority of all new nurses joining the unit.

“I volunteered to serve as the preceptor for new nurses because I wanted to make sure they had an opportunity to feel comfortable to collaborate and ask questions if they didn’t know the answer,” Law said.

Dave Owen

Starting his nursing career more than 26 years ago while serving in the Navy, Owen has dedicated his career to teaching and mentoring nurses, physicians, EMTs and other healthcare providers.

He joined Medical City McKinney in 2008 and is responsible for developing clinical supervisor and charge nurse training programs to build skills and leadership. He is also deeply committed to educating those in the community and teaches CPR at churches and other community organizations.

“I feel so blessed to be able to share the joy of working in the profession of nursing with others,” Owen said. “I have dedicated my career to leading, training and mentoring the current and future generals of caregivers.”

Brandon Stark

Brandon Stark joined Medical City McKinney in February 2018. As an experienced nurse leader, Stark is recognized for his authenticity and ability to build relationships on mutual respect. He leads by example and is committed to excellence always.

Outside the hospital, Stark gives his time to coaching and mentoring young athletes on his son’s youth baseball team, and to Habitat for Humanity projects in the community.

“Being recognized as a Great 100 nurse is beyond humbling,” said Stark. “This is a true testament of the importance of being a community. Focusing on dedication, encouragement, accountability and growth, our nursing communities will continue to do great things.”

Twenty-five Medical City Healthcare nurses have been named to DFW’s “The Great 100 Nurses” list for excellence in nursing. This is the largest number of recognized nurses in the healthcare system’s history.