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Employees, Volunteer Recognized for Contributions to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
09/13/2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville has recognized four employees and a volunteer for their outstanding contributions to benefit the hospital’s patients and their families.

Doug Hawthorne, Texas Health CEO, Melissa Burke, Christy Pinkston, Amanda Hice, R.N., and Chris Leu, Texas Health Stephenville president.
From left, Doug Hawthorne, Texas Health CEO, Melissa Burke, Christy Pinkston, Amanda Hice, R.N., and Chris Leu, Texas Health Stephenville president.

Doug Hawthorne, Texas Health CEO, Laurie Lively, R.D., L.D., Ellen Wells, R.D., L.D., and Chris Leu, Texas Health Stephenville president.
From left, Doug Hawthorne, Texas Health CEO, Laurie Lively, R.D., L.D., Ellen Wells, R.D., L.D., and Chris Leu, Texas Health Stephenville president.

“Our employees and volunteers work together as a compassionate team to serve our patients and their families,” said Christopher Leu, president of Texas Health Stephenville. “It’s an honor to recognize the great work they do to help us accomplish our mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve.”

Christy Pinkston received the Living the Mission Award. A decision support analyst in the hospital’s finance department for the past five years, Pinkston was co-chair of an employee giving campaign and participates in the Activities and Service Excellence committees. She is active in a cancer survivor group that helps guide new cancer patients through the world of test, surgeries and treatments that will dominate their lives as they fight the disease.

Amanda Hice, R.N., received the Patient Safety Star Award. As a surgical staff nurse, she is known for strongly advocating for her patients. She helps ensure that the Safe Surgery Checklist is utilized and that sterile technique and sterile field are maintained. Hice maintains open lines of communications with her team members. When serving as charge nurse, she ensures that rooms are staffed appropriately, equipment and supplies are correct and functional, and that patients are cared for safely.

The hospital’s Clinical Nutrition department received the Community Service Award. Department members Ellen Wells, R.D., L.D., and Laurie Lively, R.D., L.D., have organized many community projects and events that promote healthy habits. Their projects in 2011 provided nutrition programs to approximately 1,600 children, working with schools throughout Erath County. They also reach out to adults through a diabetes support group and free classes.

Melissa Burke received the Helping Hands Award. A volunteer for the past three years, Burke serves as executive vice president of the Texas Health Stephenville Auxiliary. She volunteers at the information desk and produces a monthly volunteer newsletter. Burke recently served as a valued liaison between hospital leadership and volunteers during a transition to a new director of volunteers, as well as changes in volunteer duties and work stations.

The awards were presented by Texas Health Resources Chief Executive Officer Doug Hawthorne on Aug. 29 during an annual employee and volunteer town hall meeting at Texas Health Stephenville.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a full-service acute care facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital offers surgical services, women’s and infants’ services, advanced diagnostic imaging, sleep lab and wound care services. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has received national accreditation as a Level IV Trauma Center and Cycle III Chest Pain Center as well as for its stereotactic breast biopsy program. The hospital was named a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization and received Pathway to Excellence® designation for a work environment that supports nurses.

For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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