Parkland Medical Center - January 12, 2016

As we forge ahead into the New Year, many of us have thought about resolutions — big things we want to achieve or change in 2016. As I look ahead, I can’t help but reflect on 2015 and be grateful for what we already have and for what we achieved. I have touched on many aspects of 2015’s success in previous posts highlighting Parkland’s pillars of excellence (People, Quality, Service, Finance, Growth, Community)...starting with people. Our people are Parkland Medical Center and without them there wouldn’t be much to write about!

Now is a great time to reflect on what (who) we have and resolve to be grateful for the people we work with each day. Every day there is an opportunity to say thank you, write a note or fill out an ICARE ballot to recognize a colleague or caregiver. Additionally, each year provides us with a special opportunity to recognize truly exceptional people through our Awards of Distinction. What better way to meet a resolution of gratitude than by writing down who we are grateful to work with and why.

Parkland Medical Center is now accepting nominations for the 2015 HCA Awards of Distinction, which includes the Frist Humanitarian Award, the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award and the HCA Innovators Award. This is the first step in naming the recipient of the nationwide Frist Humanitarian Award and Nursing Excellence Award, the highest honors given to an employee, nurse, volunteer and physician at HCA.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards recognizes three HCA-affiliated individuals: an employee, a volunteer and a physician at each facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. These awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA.

The HCA Excellence in Nursing Award recognizes the intrinsic value of nursing practice in accomplishing the company mission of providing the highest quality of care to the patients and communities we serve. The Excellence in Nursing Award recognizes two individuals: a compassionate nurse demonstrating exceptional knowledge and skill and a mentoring nurse who advances nursing practice in a clinical setting.

If you are reading this, I’m sure you know someone worthy of a nomination at Parkland Medical Center. As a family member, friend, colleague or patient you know better than anyone who is deserving of either the Frist or Nursing Excellence nomination (or both!). Please take some time to nominate someone you know and respect who goes above and beyond serving our patients and community. Links to nomination forms are below. Nominations should be submitted to Parkland Medical Center Human Resources or emailed to by January 22nd.

Additionally, The HCA Innovators Award recognizes that at HCA, “Even the Smallest idea can make a big impact.” Any full-time employee can submit ideas to one of three categories: Quality and Patient Safety, Service Excellence and Financial Impact. Parkland employees can submit ideas in consideration for the HCA Innovators Award at by January 22nd.

Thank you to those employees taking the time to submit an innovative idea and to everyone taking the time to nominate a deserving individual for either the Frist or Nursing Excellence award this year.