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Six Harris Methodist Walls Regional Employees Celebrate Decades of Service
06/30/2008

CLEBURNE, Texas – Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital (HMWR) employees say that the close-knit ties between community and hospital have kept them coming back for decades of work at the hospital.

Six HMWR employees recently were honored at a banquet hosted by Texas Health Resources, the largest health system in North Texas, to recognize employees with decades of service to the community.

“What I enjoy most are the people that I meet and talk to everyday, the patients and their family members, employees and our volunteers, they all have such fabulous stories,” said Barbara Conley, assistant to hospital president Blake Kretz. “We are all a team; and we love what we do.”

Conley is a good example of an employee who has worked her way up in the past two decades working at the hospital, from a unit secretary to her current position as assistant to the HMWR president.

“Our employees make all the difference creating an environment where every patient’s needs are met and exceeded,” Kretz said. “It is through their contributions that we’re able to serve the residents of Cleburne and the surrounding areas.”

Many employees pre-date Harris Methodist Walls Regional’s affiliation with Texas Health Resources.

Ruby Irvin has worked in the radiology department for 35 years, moving to part-time status last year so she could help her husband run his business. “We have a very good facility out in Cleburne and I’m really glad to have been associated with it all these years or I would have gone somewhere else,” she said.

Wynona Beucler, R.N., has worked for the hospital for 30 years in a variety of roles, including the current position of supervisor of nursing. She said she loves everything about working in the intensive care unit, especially as more specialists are working with the hospital and broadening the scope of care. “We’ve got a great hospital,” she said. “It is growing every day.”

Ira Pearl Makeba, R.N., has worked in the hospital for 25 years. She spent three years in the medical/surgical area, but has spent the remainder in the surgical recovery area. “This is a great place to work,” Makeba said.

Ronda Dillard, an employee and occupational health nurse, worked in the intensive care unit and emergency room before moving into her current role. She’s been with the hospital for 20 years. Dillard said she appreciates the family atmosphere at the hospital. “People care here,” she said. Employees are quick to step in and lend a hand when family emergencies arise and “that’s worth something to know that you have that kind of care.”

Pamela Robinson also celebrated 20 years working at the hospital in her role as the senior accounting assistant. “Everyone here knows everybody and they’re very friendly,” Robinson said. “They’ve just been really good to me.”

Overall, Texas Health Resources honored 400 employees with 20 or more years of service and two dozen volunteers, totaling 10,485 years, at a recent banquet.

About Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital is affiliated with Texas Health Resources and is a full-service, 137-bed acute care hospital with more than 50 physicians on the medical staff. Honors bestowed on Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital include:

  • Received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award from TMF in 2005 and 2006
  • Received the highest level of accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for 2004-2007
  • 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award
  • 2007 Premier Award for Quality for Heart Failure

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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