Methodist Hospital | Atascosa welcomes new COO/CNO

Jacalyn DeHarte

Jacalyn DeHarte

Methodist Hospital | Atascosa welcomes its newest Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer Jacalyn DeHarte to its facility in Jourdanton.

DeHarte comes to Atascosa County with a wealth of healthcare experience in El Paso and Denver, CO.

DeHarte has 15 years of experience with HCA Healthcare, which is the healthcare system over Methodist Hospital | Atascosa.

According to its website, HCA Healthcare is comprised of 186 hospitals and approximately 2,400 sites of care in 20 states and the United Kingdom. In addition to hospitals, sites of care include surgery centers, freestanding emergency rooms, urgent care clinics, diagnostic and imaging centers, walk-in clinics and physician clinics.

“I truly love the smaller facilities,” DeHarte said. “You get to know everybody that you’re working with really well. It is unique here because our team often knows who they’re caring for as patients because it’s their neighbor or their former school teacher, and it’s a really unique environment here where the team in our hospital is taking care of their actual community.”

DeHarte most recently served as Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Swedish Medical Center in Colorado.

While there, she developed an LPN recruitment and retention strategy for Medical-Surgical units at Swedish Medical Center. Also, she led unit expansions in Orthopedics, Surgical Cardiology, and Acute Rehabilitation.

DeHarte will partner with Linda Fusco, who was recently named Vice President of Clinical Operations.

She comes to MHA as the facility celebrates honors recognized by HCA including the Environmental Services team which was ranked no. 1 in hospital cleanliness among all hospitals in HCA Healthcare.

“I think that this facility has done so many great things and the community has a lot to be proud of,” she said. “The thing that you can’t replicate is the way that the team feels about the community. I think moving forward, we have the opportunity with some space available here to figure out different ways to care for the community.”

DeHarte said future plans for Methodist Hospital | Atascosa are to expand and update the emergency room.

She also reiterated that the main nursing unit was also recognized as one of HCA’s top 20% performing units.

Plans for the future of Methodist Hospital | Atascosa include the recruitment of more specialty surgeons, DeHarte said.

“This is vital and important to us so that people can stay in the community where they live and don’t have to travel to meet their healthcare needs,” she added.

DeHarte is especially proud of the outpatient sleep study program currently at MHA. She said there are also proposals for seizure care.

“I’m feeling very, very positive about it all,” she said. “We are in a really good position right now. We have, what I would consider, a super highly engaged team. We’re in a good place staffing-wise right now, which I know has not always been the case post-COVID. That has certainly stabilized a bit in this community.”

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