Methodist Healthcare System | Keeping Well | Winter 2019

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Texsan Hospital. The Beacon Award for Excellence—a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environ- ments—recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. “We are proud to receive this national recognition for the patient care and work environment in our intensive care unit,” said Scott Davis, CEO of Methodist Texsan Hospital. “It reflects our continued commitment to exceptional care and gives our nursing staff and other caregivers on the unit the recognition they deserve. Working in the ICU can be challenging, but also very rewarding. Winning the Beacon Award is an inspiration to all of us.” Metropolitan Methodist Hospital Named Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence Metropolitan Methodist Hospital has been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Center Program™ (NQMBC™). This distinguished honor represents a commitment by the hospital to provide the highest level of quality breast healthcare to patients in the community. “Women’s health is a priority at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, so we are especially proud to have earned NQMBC certification at the highest level and to be the only center of our type with this certification in the entire state of Texas,” said Greg Seiler, hospital CEO. “NQMBC certification lets our patients know that we are among the national leaders in providing the best possible healthcare for women.” Metropolitan Methodist Hospital is downtown San Antonio’s most comprehensive hospital providing a wide range of services to diverse neighborhoods. The hospital is home to the Suzell Waller Wom- en’s Pavilion, the only facility in downtown San Antonio completely dedicated to the health of women and their newborn babies. IN 1985, A small hospital opened in the city of Live Oak, Texas. Its mission was to be a community hospital, providing medical services and care to the people living nearby. In 1995, that hospital became part of Method- ist Healthcare. Today, Northeast Methodist Hospital sits at the apex of the Tri-Counties: northeast Bexar, northwest Guadalupe, and southwest Comal—the second fastest grow- ing county in the U.S.A. Even though its name changed 23 years ago, its commitment has only grown stronger. In its goal to provide exceptional care to the citizens of this rapidly growing area, Northeast Methodist Hospital is definitely setting the pace. In July, it hired its first dedicated chief medical officer, Dr. Carnell Cooper. On Nov. 5, it opened a brand-new $12.3 million, 9,000-square-foot Emergency Department expansion with 17 additional treatment areas. Upon completion of a 4,800-square-foot renovation, more than 40 treatment areas will stand ready 24/7/365 to provide hospital-based emergency care to more than 50,000 emergency patients annu- ally—20 percent of whom are under the age of 18. In fact, Northeast Methodist Hospital’s ER treats more pediatric patients than half of the combined number seen by all other Methodist hospitals, with the exception of Methodist Children’s. At a pre-opening ER Expansion event for EMS first responders, community leaders, and area physicians, CEO Michael Beaver shared more exciting news: in early 2019, “air” will be broken with the start of construction of a two-floor vertical expansion of the hospital’s north tower. The end result will be 60 addi- tional inpatient beds and a new helipad. The price tag? $46 million. According to CEO Bea- ver, these investments are just the beginning of a multi-year plan to ensure that Northeast Methodist Hospital continues to grow with the expanding community. “The needs of the population Northeast Methodist Hospital is privileged to serve are not the same as they were three decades ago – or even three years ago,” said Beaver. “We are in one of the most dynamic growth areas of the country. People are flocking here not just for the cost of living, but for the quality of life. We’re ready to meet their healthcare needs.” For more details, visit . Northeast Methodist Hospital CEO Michael Beaver (L) and Methodist Healthcare President and CEO Allen Harrison join commu- nity leaders and staff at the ribbon cutting for the hospital’s ER expansion. The ER Expansion provides 17 new treatment areas for emergency treatment for people of all ages. METHODIST TEXSAN HOSPITAL WINS BEACON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE CARES FOR THE TRI-COUNTY COMMUNITIES, NORTHEAST METHODIST HOSPITAL ONE PERSON AND ONE PATIENT AT A TIME 6 W I N T E R 2 0 1 9 K E E P I N G W E L L M e t h o d i s t H e a l t h c a r e