HMHEB Names Employees of the Year

BEDFORD, Texas – Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital named Euless' Jolene Schnider, from Women's Services, the 2007 Support Services Employee of the Year and Hurst's Sharon Overath, B.S.N., R.N., O.C.N., from the Oncology Care Unit, the 2007 Clinical Employee of the Year. The hospital's Employee of the Year program is called Heroes at Heart.

Jolene Schnider, administrative assistant in Women's Services, has worked for Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital since March 2002. Jolene exemplifies the hospital's mission and consistently provides care and support to all those around her. She gladly accepts any and all requests for assistance and is always creative and innovative in her work. Schnider can be found giving directions to visitors, communicating with physicians, taking minutes at a meeting and returning “wayward” children to their parents when they're found wandering the halls. Schnider is also active in the community, supporting projects such as the hospital's annual food drive, medical mission trips and American Cancer Society fundraisers.

“Jolene exemplifies the idea of a Hero at Heart,” said Debbie Paganelli, president of Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital. “She is truly deserving and an exceptional individual that lives our mission on a daily basis, not only at work but in her community, as well.”

Sharon Overath, B.S.N., R.N., O.C.N. started her career at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital in June 2003 as a nursing student extern. When she graduated from nursing school, Overath started working as an intern at the Oncology Care Unit (OCU) in January 2004. Overath is known for going above and beyond for her patients. Last year, she organized a wedding on OCU with the help of her co-workers. She was taking care of her patient at his end of life – helping him realize with his family he would not leave the hospital alive. The patient's son and his fiancé wanted the father to be present at their wedding so the ceremony took place in the patient's room. Sharon organized the staff, made confetti out of paper dots from the hole punch placed in med cups and passed out to all who came. She also brought in flowers and decorated for the occasion.

Recently one of our patients died after a year and a half of treatment at the age of 28. His wife and his parents came to OCU to ask for a nurse from the hospital family to speak at his funeral. All of the nurses were devastated and grieving his loss and no one felt they could speak. Sharon volunteered to speak at his eulogy and did so.

“Our Heroes at Heart truly go above and beyond the call of duty for our patients, physicians and each other,” said Debbie Paganelli, CHE, president of Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital. “They truly live our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

The Employees of the Year were selected from a group of 2007 Hero at Heart Employee Recognition winners chosen every month. Any hospital employee can be nominated by physicians on the medical staff, other employees, patients, families or volunteers.

The Employees of the Year received a cash award, reserved parking in the spot of their choice for a year, a meal a day in the hospital cafeteria for one year, introduction to the hospital's Board of Trustees and a special identification badge recognizing them as the Employee of the Year.

About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
, an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973.  Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatric and addiction treatment and pediatrics.

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