North Texas Media Personality Praises Margot Perot Center’s Care for Mothers, Babies|
DALLAS — For Alexa Conomos, returning to the Margot Perot Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to have her second and third children was like “coming home.”
|Alexa Conomos (left) and Laura Whisenant Dobraski, R.N.
|Alexa with her husband, Bradley, sons Alexandros Luka and Alexei Britton and daughter Athanasia Annick.
Having delivered sons Alexandros Luka and Alexei Britton and daughter Athanasia Annick at Texas Health Dallas over the course of five years, Alexa has been grateful to find the very same nurses caring for her each time.
“I went through different challenges throughout my pregnancies, but it was the care by the nurses that really helped make the difference,” said Alexa, who is best known to the Dallas-Fort Worth community as a media personality on WFAA-TV (Ch. 8). “They truly are the heart and soul of the hospital. The level of care with each visit surpassed my highest expectations.”
Laura Whisenant Dobraski, a registered nurse in the labor and delivery unit at Texas Health Dallas, met Alexa and her husband, Bradley, for the first time in 2007 when Alexa was rushed to the hospital after her water broke 33 weeks into her pregnancy with son Luka. Laura monitored Alexa’s contractions and the baby’s heartbeat during the delivery.
At 33 weeks and 6 days, preemie baby Luka spent six days in the Level III NICU at Texas Health Dallas before being transferred to the hospital’s special care nursery for additional observation.
“The fact that I could live in the hospital with my son until we were released was invaluable,” Alexa said. “We felt so well taken care of by the nursing staff. They spent so much time checking in on us, teaching us how to care for our tiny infant, and providing assurance and comfort when we felt discouraged or blue.”
Whisenant Dobraski said it’s important to help patients understand the facts about premature births and be available when new parents have questions.
“There are so many emotions involved when you’re caught in this type of situation,” she said. When Alexa and Bradley came back to deliver Britton and later Annick, they felt comforted to see so many “old friends” at the Margot Perot Center.
“It felt like being home again,” she said.
When Annick was born, Alexa specifically asked for nurse Laura, who had taken great care of her during her labor with Luka. Whiseant Dobraski is just one of more than a dozen nurses Alexa recognized by name in a recent letter to Texas Health Dallas Chief Nursing Officer Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC.
“It’s confirmation that we are fulfilling our mission, vision and living our values every day at Texas Health Dallas and truly delivering on our Promise to care for patients as an individual with excellence,” Edmonson said. “There are no words to describe the feeling of comfort and safety this kind of stability brings to an expectant parent to see a familiar face — someone you trust to take excellent care of you – during the birth of your child.”
During labor with Annick, Alexa developed a painful rash and was in agony because she could not take medication for it. Carlotta Cole, R.N., one of the many nurses she recognized in her letter, took the time to comfort her and try to relieve her pain.
“Carlotta came in with a wash cloth and gently rubbed all over my legs,” she said. “The fact that she went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable was so touching.”
Alexa also recognized how important the lactation consultants are at Texas Health Dallas.
“They worked so hard with me to establish nursing and to help me bond with my babies,” she said. “They are my heroes.”
Edmonson said the dedication, competency and compassion of the nurses Alexa recognized were examples of the entire nursing staff at Texas Health Dallas and they’re part of the reason the hospital is a Magnet Redesignated facility.
“We are truly blessed by the longevity of our professional nursing staff, and to know that blessings are transferred to our patients who choose to receive care here is priceless,” Edmonson said.
Today, Luka is a healthy five-year-old who enjoys the company of his younger siblings Britton, 3 and Annick, 5 months.
“There’s a reason everyone says (Texas Health Dallas) “Dallas Presby” is the best place to have a baby,” Alexa said. “Now, I’m just one more voice in that chorus.”
About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.