MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – May 22, 2013 – East Cooper Medical Center announced today that Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Consultant Rebecca Doolittle McFalls was inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame, Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s highest honor for employees, at a ceremony in Atlanta, Ga., on April 16.
McFalls is affectionately known as the “super nanny” for families with children with autism. She manages a robust outpatient rehabilitation operation, which includes two pediatric clinics and an adult clinic. She consistently goes above and beyond for families dealing with autism and people come from all over the area to seek her help and expertise. The mother of an 8-year-old with Asperger’s and ADHD writes: “After multiple failed attempts at therapies across the spectrum, I thought our family was ‘stuck’ with minimal resources, little to no guidance and a very grey future for my son’s success. Becky made me realize that with therapy, training and a little support, my family, including my son, had a very bright future.”
After three months of occupational therapy sessions, the little boy’s tantrums went from several times a day to only a few times a week. His eating habits and communication skills improved and he has a more positive attitude. With McFalls’ help, his parents now have the tools to nurture their son along with his siblings. McFalls’ influence extends beyond the hospital. She volunteers in the community as an expert on autism spectrum disorders, participates in early prevention efforts at child care centers and leads the hospital’s participation in local walks benefiting autism research and awareness. McFalls’ ability to connect with her patients and their families providing innovative, progressive programs to help improve their condition while also educating the community to create greater understanding are the reasons she is a Tenet Hero.
“Our Tenet Hero inductees represent the best of who we are at Tenet and what we do as healthcare providers in the communities we serve,” said Trevor Fetter, Tenet’s president and chief executive officer. “Becky’s extraordinary character and dedication to quality care is an inspiration to us all.”
McFalls was one of 11 employees inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame. This year’s recipients were chosen from over 100 nominations. Tenet Heroes are nominated by their hospital’s leadership team and selected based on their dedication to their patients, co-workers and communities. The Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame recognizes exceptional employees who demonstrate Tenet’s values of quality, integrity, service, innovation and transparency.
East Cooper Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 130-bed acute care hospital located at 2000 Hospital Drive in Mount Pleasant. East Cooper Medical Center has been providing healthcare to the East Cooper community since 1986. We provide a number of services including 24-hour emergency care, women’s and children’s services, diagnostic imaging and interventional services, orthopedics, sports medicine, pain care, adult and pediatric rehabilitation services, wound care services and surgical care, including nationally recognized spine surgery and breast reconstruction surgery. East Cooper Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading health care services company, through its subsidiaries operates 49 hospitals, 117 outpatient centers and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for healthcare providers that serves over 600 hospitals and other clients nationwide. Tenet’s hospitals and related health care facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.
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