Harris Methodist Walls Regional Recognizes Manager and Employee of the Year

CLEBURNE, Texas – Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital recently announced the recipients of the Manager of Excellence and Employee of the Year Awards. Debbie Palmer, RN, CEN, risk manager and patient safety coordinator, was recognized as the Manager of Excellence and Linda Cook, housekeeper, was named Employee of the Year.

“Both Debbie and Linda are committed to helping others and have gone above and beyond their job descriptions to make patients and their families feel like a part of the Walls family,” said Blake Kretz, president of HMWR.

In 2007, Palmer developed a program to increase hand hygiene compliance scores. “I’m happy to report that we reached 100 percent compliance from our employees through fun programs designed to motivate them,” Palmer said.

Cook was recognized because of her willingness to help others, even if it means taking on another role.

“Linda saw an elderly gentleman juggling three great-granddaughters,” said Eddie Jones, director of support services at HMWR. “Poor guy was in his 80s and overwhelmed by them. The littlest one had a wet diaper and the gentleman didn’t have any diapers. Linda found one, helped him change her and stayed with him until his wife returned.”

Cook was surprised to be recognized for that act of kindness.

“I believe in treating others the way you want to be treated,” she said. “Respect them, look them in the eye, say hello and help them if they need it. Anyone would have done it.”

Palmer and Cook were recognized at a hospital event and were awarded a cash award, an obelisk and a parking space.

“We are proud to have such dedicated people on our staff,” said Kretz.

About Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital is affiliated with Texas Health Resources and is a full-service, 137-bed acute care hospital with more than 50 physicians on the medical staff. Honors bestowed on Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital include:

  • Received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award from TMF in 2005 and 2006
  • Received the highest level of accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for 2004-2007
  • 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award
  • 2007 Premier Award for Quality for Heart Failure

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.