A number of years ago I had a lunch in Dallas with the President of Methodist Health System, a member of the Board, and the head Chaplain. As the Pastor of First Methodist Mansfield they wanted to talk about the possibility of a new hospital in Mansfield. There was no doubt a hospital was wanted and needed. Not too many months went by until there was a ground breaking, and I was offered the privilege of being on the inaugural Advisory Board of Mansfield Methodist Medical Center.
This past summer, Jada Watters and her family took a trip to San Antonio. In August, she got to meet her newest grandbaby. This December, she’s celebrating her 60th birthday.
But earlier this year, she didn’t think she’d live to enjoy any of these memorable moments.
Freddie Diaz loves two things: his family and the Dallas Cowboys. The 65 year old father and grandfather set his alarm for 5 a.m. on Sunday, October 11. He’s had season tickets for many years, and Sundays are a tradition of tailgating and game-watching for his family. While his wife slept, he prepared the grill, chairs and other needed supplies to head to Arlington to see the Cowboys challenge the New England Patriot. Diaz started shaking and vomiting followed by profuse sweating. Dripping from head to two, he finally called 911 to ask about the symptoms of a heart attack. Within minutes, an ambulance arrived and rushed him to the Methodist Dallas Emergency Department.
Veda Thompson can recall every uneven segment of pavement along the route to Methodist Charlton.
“I didn’t remember that there were so many bumps in the road,” she says about her car ride to the hospital as labor pains gripped her.
Her first child was on his way, and like other childbirth stories, the narrative was taking a shape of its own.Her son was nearly a week past his due date, and although she and her doctor had scheduled an induction, labor started on its own.
Dennis Gonzalez might be missing a toe, but he isn’t missing a beat. The 61 year-old retired teacher and renowned trumpeter is learning how to walk in his famous cowboy boots without his left big toe. He’s lived with Type 2 Diabetes since 1990 and managed it well until this past spring. He started having a pain in his left foot but didn’t think much of it. Finally, the infection got so bad in May, he had to ask his students at Woodrow Wilson High School to call administrators for help because he couldn’t stand up. Gonzalez’s wife is a nurse and forcefully convinced him to come to Methodist to have it looked at. Fortunately, he agreed and doctors in the Methodist Dallas emergency department quickly determined he had a bone infection in his foot.
At 64-years-young, Ruby Chaucer is pursuing a dream: to become a nurse. The patient sitter at Methodist Dallas earned her associate’s degree a few months ago, but she’s now pursuing a bachelor’s at the University of Texas at Arlington — all while facing her own cancer battle. The Dallas Morning News ran Ruby’s inspiring story on Aug. 24! Read the story and see the video.
Julie Mallindine’s life has been a health rollercoaster for the past three months. In May, for an unknown reason, her liver began to fail. Her gastroenterologist in Lubbock noticed her liver looked abnormal and did a biopsy out of caution. Once the results came back, he immediately suggested she call Dr. Jeffrey Weinstein at The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Julie and her husband Bill then flew to Dallas to see Dr. Weinstein, who began treating her.
OR transporter Donny Graham and recovery nurse Araceli Soto talk with Cassidy at the celebration.
On June 12, 2014, Cassidy Smith’s life changed forever. But one year later, she had lots to celebrate.
A year ago, a traumatic car accident left Cassidy with broken bones in every limb, a broken sternum, a severed liver and spleen — and her life on the line. CareFlite brought the then-19-year-old to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where the team sprang into action to save her life — and her quality of life.