It has been two years since a Zika virus outbreak and its link to birth defects in Brazil made international headlines – prompting travel warnings. Since then, Zika has landed in Texas with six cases of local mosquito transmission to humans in far southern portions of the state. While no current evidence that suggests this year will be any worse than last year, Zika does remain a concern.
Three years ago this month, the fight against sexual assault got another weapon. Methodist Dallas Medical Center launched the second SANE program in Dallas County. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) offers around-the-clock, rapid-response services for sexual assault survivors ages 14 and older.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 was just like any other for Phil Berry, MD. The orthopedic surgeon drove to Methodist Dallas Medical Center to perform several surgeries. The second of the day also happened to be his 1,000th hip replacement using the anterior approach. For almost a decade, Dr. Berry has been performing hip replacements in this fashion.
Rush hour traffic. Work deadlines. An argument with a loved one. Seemingly never-ending student loans. These are just some of the stress triggers that can weigh us down on any given day. By the time we get home from work, sometimes we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders.
Laughing each day could keep the doctor away, especially when it comes to your heart. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits to smiling and laughing frequently, with most of the information centering on the stress-reducing effect of laughter. It’s important to always discuss your concerns and overall health with your Cardiologist, but you should also discuss ways to lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other conditions.
First it was West Nile, then Ebola, and now Zika. Third world viruses are infecting our first world life. Doctors and government health officials expect world travelers to bring more cases in the United States, especially with the Olympics this summer in Brazil. Even worse, they think Zika-carrying mosquitoes could fly north into the states this summer. That’s why we need to know about Zika and how to prevent it.
Methodist Mansfield staff continuously strive for the highest quality care, and we as a hospital constantly look for ways to enhance our service. In the four years I have served as President of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, we have been voted Best Medical Facility, Best Maternity Ward, and Best Emergency Department in our surrounding communities. This has been a wonderful Medical Center to manage, and an even more wonderful community to serve. We have already expanded on the medical services we offer and opened a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. Now, in true Methodist Mansfield fashion, we are continuing this push for excellence in care and services. I am pleased to announce that the time has finally come to open our new Patient Tower Two.
As a five-year resident of the Best Southwest area, I have been blessed to work at Methodist Charlton and help improve the quality of care provided by our staff.
In March of this year, I was appointed President of Methodist Charlton, becoming the first registered nurse to be named president of a Methodist Health System hospital. I am humbled and honored to provide guidance to our staff while we work to better the health of our community. In the last 40 years, we have undergone many changes, adding to the services we provide the public. With our 40th anniversary fast approaching, I want to take a moment and reflect on the journey we have made together.