Clinicians recognized as health care heroes

May 25, 2010

We hear it a lot from our patients and their families, how the doctors and nurses at Children’s are heroes for the compassionate care they deliver at the bedside. And once again, we are elated to see those feelings confirmed by someone outside of the hospital.

One physician and two nurses at Children’s have been tabbed “Health Care Heroes” by the Dallas Business Journal. These are the latest in a long line of clinicians at Children’s who have been awarded the distinction, which recognizes quality and innovative efforts by those in the medical community. The magazine solicited nominations in both its print and online publications, and a panel of editors selected the winners in 12 categories.

Doctor makes quick impression

Dr. Patricio Gargollo, who was honored in the Newcomer category, came to Children’s in 2009 after completing his fellowship in pediatric urology at Children’s Hospital Boston. While there, he received advanced training in robotic-assisted surgery — a technique that means less pain, smaller scars and a quicker recovery for patients. Because of Dr. Gargollo’s skills, Children’s now is considered one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals for robotic urological surgery.

Nurses take relief efforts global

Tiffany Morgan and Heather Rubin — both nurses in the Trauma intensive care unit at Children’s — were recognized for their global outreach efforts after a mission trip to Haiti. Using their own vacation time, the duo traveled with other healthcare workers to the earthquake-ravaged country as part of the Compassion International relief efforts. Morgan and Rubin relied on the skills they learned at Children’s to accomplish — with limited resources — what they do every day at the hospital: Make life better for children.