Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth Endoscopy Nurse Receives National Award
05/06/2010

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kathryn Vance, R.N., endoscopy resource nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, was selected among gastroenterology (GI) and endoscopy nurses and associates nationwide to receive a special award from the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.

Kathryn Vance, R.N.
Vance, a 25-year nurse with four years of endoscopy experience, helped provide guidance and expertise for the $1.7 million expansion and renovation of the hospital’s endoscopy suite.

The 2010 “National Proud to be GI Award” recognizes an individual who exemplifies the qualities noteworthy in the role of the GI nurse or associate based on excellent leadership, communication, teamwork, task management, and mentoring.

“As a department supervisor, Kat works with a wide range of disciplines and skill levels, but makes every member of the team feel valued,” said Katherine Rhodes, infection prevention coordinator, who nominated Vance for the award. “Procedures are handled with military precision, yet her warmth and sense of humor embody compassion.”

Vance, a 25-year nurse with four years of endoscopy experience, helped provide guidance and expertise for the $1.7 million expansion and renovation of the hospital’s endoscopy suite in 2008. Under her nursing leadership, the hospital has introduced two new advanced endoscopic and GI procedures: endobronchial ultrasound, a minimally invasive technique for diagnosing lung cancer; and cryoablation, a method of removing abnormalities in the airway with a reduced risk of complication. Both procedures, which can eliminate a patient’s need for surgery, are unique to Texas Health Southwest.

“I never expected accolades in return for taking good care of our patients,” Vance said of her national award. “To have my work acknowledged this way is heartwarming. Our goal is to provide the safest, most comfortable environment we can provide for our patients. Teamwork and compassion go hand in hand to reach that goal.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth is a 222-bed acute care, full-service facility that has provided quality and compassionate care to the residents of southwest Tarrant County for more than two decades. The hospital’s services include surgical and imaging services, a 24-hour emergency department, orthopedics and sports therapy, adult critical care, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Southwest Forth Worth has 992 employees, 120 volunteers, and 578 members on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/SouthwestFW.

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. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.