Medical City Denton May 23, 2017

This spring, six nurses at Medical City Denton have been recognized for outstanding care and innovation.

Joanie Sackett, RNC-OB, CA/CP SANE, Patient Experience Coordinator, was named the top honoree from across Dallas and Ft. Worth for HCA’s Frist Humanitarian Award and is in the running for the top award throughout HCA Corporation. The Frist Award recognizes employee who goes beyond day-to-day responsibilities in his/her overall service to the community. In addition to her role as Patient Experience Coordinator, Sackett is a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) who specializes in medical forensic care of sexual assault or abuse victims. Sackett was recognized for her contributions to the community through her service as a SANE nurse, her work with the Denton County Children’s Advocacy Center and her participation in a medical mission trip in the remote villages of Honduras and Guatemala.

Tammy Bristow MHL, BSN, RN, CHPN, Palliative Care Nurse, was awarded HCA’s Excellence in Nursing Award which honors exceptional compassionate care and mentoring. Bristow defines compassionate care as she works with families and patients who must make tough decisions when they or their loved ones face terminal or life-limiting diseases. Bristow has been with Medical City Denton since 2011.

Ray Bell, BSN, RN, CCRNn was honored for Excellence in Nursing for the countless hours he has devoted to mentoring new nurses, teaching evidence-based care and demonstrating compassion to patients and families. Bell has been an Intensive Care Unit nurse and mentor for more than 15 years.

Crystal Perry, MSN, RN, CENn was awarded an Innovator Award for Quality and Patient Safety for implementing a stroke activation system that will help save time in treating stroke patients. This innovative idea helped to reduce time from when emergency crews reach the patient to the time the patient arrives at the hospital to receive intravenous clot-busting medication. In a stroke situation, quick diagnosis and treatment can make a tremendous difference in patient recovery success.

Elizabeth Rock, MSN, RNC-NIC, Director of Progressive Care, created an acuity-based staffing model to help her new team operate efficiently and kept the team happy at the same time. The innovative system earned her an Innovator Award. She has also been named one of DFW’s Great 100 Nurses.

Cindy Lang, MBA, BSN, RN, CPPS, CPHRM, Director of Risk Management, also was named one of DFW’s Great 100 Nurses for implementing a new pet therapy program at Medical City Denton that helps soothe and calm both patients and staff. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Lang served in the United States Air Force as a telecommunications specialist and deployed in Operation Desert Storm.

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