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Leadership Texas Class Brainstorms Solutions for Real-Life Challenges

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Class visit to Methodist Charlton Medical Center uncovers innovative thinking

Members of the 2012 Class of Leadership Texas put on their thinking caps during a recent visit to Methodist Charlton Medical Center as they combined their management and leadership expertise to solve real-life challenges presented by top executives at Methodist Charlton and Methodist Health System. The class of over 100 women divided into groups to discuss solutions to challenges in the areas of health benefits, community perception, blending a multi-generational workforce, and patient satisfaction. Following the brainstorming session, groups shared their ideas. Participants were enthusiastic about the opportunity.


Over 100 influential women leaders from Leadership Texas recently visited Methodist Charlton.

“Our group participation covered an array of issues that provided our class with insights into real-life issues facing health care management,” says class member Selena Solis. “The interactive nature of the brainstorming session was most meaningful. It offered our class hands-on involvement in providing the hospital with both constructive and positive feedback on different levels in the spirit of suggesting long-term solutions. It was refreshing to experience the health industry taking a bold step and reaching out to dynamic leaders and including us in theirprocess of providing top-notch health services.”

Pam Benson Owens, director of programs for Women’s Resources, the nonprofit organization that developed the Leadership Texas program, added that the strength and resolve of the leadership team at Methodist Charlton Medical Center is evident. “Real leaders put egos aside in order to have authentic dialogue about how to make a real difference,” she says. “In this case, the focus was on making a difference in the lives of patients, and I have no doubt that Methodist Charlton will continue to thrive at doing just that.”

The Leadership Texas class was welcomed to Methodist Charlton by State Representative Helen Giddings and Methodist Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff, and given a hospital overview by Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE. Following the challenging exercise, the class was treated to a tour of the Methodist Charlton campus. Just three years ago, Methodist Charlton invested $116 million in a new 8-story patient tower with brand new surgery suites, an entire floor dedicated to telemetry for heart monitoring, a 3-level parking garage with free parking, new physician office buildings, and a bold, attractively designed front entrance. This year, as part of more recent expansions and renovations, Methodist Charlton invested $8.5 million to add 35 new patient care beds, enlarge the postcoronary interventional care unit (PCIU) at a cost of $2.8 million to support expanded cardiology services, and spent $16 million to support the addition of specialty care units.

Leadership Texas is a premier state-wide women’s leadership program, providing educational and development opportunities to Texas women who seek to advance as leaders and expand their knowledge of the diverse dynamics, issues, challenges and opportunities that impact their work, personal lives and communities.

I was honored to showcase Methodist Charlton and Methodist Health System to this very influential group of women from across the state of Texas,” says Methodist Charlton Community Liaison Cynthia Mickens, who is also a member of this year’s Leadership Texas class. “It was an excellent opportunity for Methodist’s light to shine bright as well as benefit from the great minds in the group. It was an awesome day for all.”

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