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Harris Methodist Walls Regional Emergency Director Takes Working Vacations
12/09/2008

CLEBURNE, Texas — When Kristin Hires isn’t running the emergency department at Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital, soon to be Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, she often can be found on a cruise ship.

Kristin Hires

Kristin Hires has been to Alaska, the Panama Canal, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Russia, and most of the Caribbean islands on her working cruises.

For the past nine years, Hires, B.S.N., M.Ed., EMT-LP, has volunteered as a nurse for Holland American Cruise Line. Every three days, she gets to take an entire day off. Her husband and four grown children tag along for the trip.

“It’s fun and you don’t work too hard,” Hires said.

Hires recently returned from a cruise to the southern Caribbean Sea. Other trips have taken her to Alaska, the Panama Canal, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Russia, and most of the Caribbean islands.

Hires, who is no stranger to Texas, started at Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital this fall. She and her husband wanted to return to Texas to be near friends after living in Rutherfordton, N.C., for five years.

Hires brings a paramedic background as well as years of management experience in an intensive care unit and other inpatient services as well as director of emergency services.

“I always like working in the emergency care area due to the challenges of dealing with all ages of patients and types of medical problems,” Hires said.

She has been impressed with the employees and physicians on the medical staff at Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital. “It’s a good group and we do very good care here.”

Hires manages an 17-bed emergency department with about 35 employees. She also has responsibility for the hospital nursing supervisor staff.

“Kris already is doing great things for the emergency department and Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital,” said Blake Kretz, hospital president. “We’re excited to have someone of Kris’s experience to help us better meet the needs of patients in Cleburne and the surrounding areas. For many people, the emergency room is the entrance to the hospital, and Kris sets a great standard for our emergency room care.”

About Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital, soon to be Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital's services include surgery, women and infant services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care.

Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital was recently recognized for the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement award from TMF, the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award and the 2007 Premier Award for Quality for Heart Failure. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmwr.

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’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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