IRVING, TX (April 19, 2012) – A salute to the North Texas hospital workforce, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation’s (DFWHC Foundation) Annual Employee of the Year Luncheon celebrated its 16th year April 19th with the announcement of the 2012 recipients at the Arlington Convention Center. Twelve winners were introduced from a pool of 50 area hospitals.
“This event paid tribute to our nurses, technicians, educators and so many other dedicated professionals working in our hospitals. They are healthcare heroes of North Texas,” said Kristin Jenkins, president of the DFWHC Foundation. “This event is an opportunity to honor the positive spirit and efforts of these dedicated employees allowing our hospitals to function smoothly.”
Drew Pearson, historic wide receiver of the Dallas Cowboys’ football team, served as guest speaker in support of the luncheon’s theme, “Healthcare Champions Among Us.” Jay Fox, president of Baylor Medical Center of Waxahachie, served as master of ceremonies. Board members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association judged the nominations with the names of individuals and hospitals removed. Selections were based on the facts presented. The luncheon was sponsored by Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP and GroupOne Services, Inc.
The recipients were:
Rex McRae Scholarship
Kimberly Cline, Patient Care Technician, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Student, El Centro College
Community Service Award
Special Recognition Awards
Nikki Best, Nursing Administration, THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano
Dan Swan, Physical Therapist, Our Children’s House at Baylor
Cindy Melis, Clinical Nursing Supervisor, Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Michelle Baker, Registered Nurse, Medical City Dallas Hospital
Employee of the Year Awards
Jaime Ball, Registered Nurse, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
Jackie Clifton, Registered Nurse, Tenet’s Lake Pointe Medical Center
Hedgy MacDonald, Cardiovascular Invasive Tech, Baylor Medical Center at Garland
Abi Finberg Provence, Staff Nurse ER, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
“Jackie has been a dedicated employee of Lake Pointe Medical Center since 1996 and is passionate about her work and community,” explains Debbie Moeller, chief operating officer at the Lake Pointe Health Network. “She has been involved in trauma on both the state and local level and assists in coordinating volunteers for our Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for Rockwall County. Jackie’s commitment to her work makes nursing the heart of healthcare.”
ABOUT DFWHC FOUNDATION
The DFWHC Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 public charity with a mission to continually improve the community’s health by promoting safe, high quality, cost effective, accessible and equitable healthcare and by strengthening the workforce through education, research and collaboration.
ABOUT LAKE POINTE MEDICAL CENTER
Lake Pointe Medical Center is a 112-bed acute care hospital located at 6800 Scenic Drive in Rowlett. Lake Pointe Medical Center has been serving the residents of Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City and the surrounding communities since 1987. The hospital provides a wide spectrum of medical services, including an emergency department with Fast Track services, a 14-bed intensive care unit, women's services, a Level II and Level III NICU, interventional cardiology, diagnostic imaging, and eight operating rooms. With a medical staff of over 450 physicians, Lake Pointe Medical Center provides most specialty services. The hospital holds CIGNA Center of Excellence Designations for Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Removal and Vaginal Delivery. The hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and a Level IV Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, licensed by the state of Texas and certified for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. To learn more about Lake Pointe Medical Center, visit www.lakepointemedical.com.