Commissioner Price called the work of nurses a “calling that can be undertaken only by the most gifted and dedicated of individuals–people who can be strong in the most extreme and emotional of situations; people who can make instantaneous decisions that can save a life; and people who can make an injured child smile and a dying person feel safe.” He pointed specifically to the heavily utilized Parkland Hospital, with over 130,000 emergency room visits, 18,500 surgeries, their many community clinics, deliveries and nearly eight (8) million prescriptions filled per year, as a hallmark of the important nature of the work of nurses. The Commissioner said they are on the frontlines every day and are the foundation of the Hospital … “the foundation, its heart, its face and the bonding agent.” But, he said “the most significant contribution (of nurses) to Dallas County is their compassion and professionalism…they consistently display.”
Dallas County Commissioners Court gratefully extends its sincere appreciation to the 3,020 nurses of Parkland Hospital for the life-saving and life-giving role that they perform every hour of every day and for the example that they set for each of us and designates the period of May 6 through May 12, 2013 as “National Nurses’ Week.”
Commissioner Daniels rained accolades on Children’s Medical Center today, acknowledging the institution for the exceptional service it has provided for more than 100 years to our most vulnerable citizens. She cited their open-air clinic (baby camp) which became known as one of the world’s most renowned children’s medical centers. The Commissioner commended the medical center’s service in the health and well being of children “regardless of their families’ ability to pay, and does so without tax support from the city or county, providing $140 million in community benefits in 2011.”
Children’s Medical Center has been the pediatric safety net hospital for Dallas County since signing an agreement with the Parkland Health & Hospital System two decades ago. Today, Children’s Medical Center provides the largest portion of the care to Dallas County children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. Among the medical center’s major accomplishments is their provision of medical homes for almost 100,000 children from underserved communities. The hospital has an annual impact of more than $1.6 billion dollars on the regional economy, employing 5,600 people including a medical/dental staff of more than 1,000. They are the only pediatric healthcare organization in the nation to achieve seven disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission, as well as Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence, the highest national recognition granted to a hospital for nursing excellence. Today Commissioners Court celebrated Children’s Medical Center’s April 6th 100th Anniversary!