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Karina Ramírez: Texas Health reshuffles system, creates positions

Officials with Texas Health Resources announced this week changes in its leadership and governance structure with the addition of two positions and a new model for the hospital system.

The two new positions — chief operations officer and chief clinical officer — will have joint responsibility for executing the next phase of the 10-year strategic plan launched in 2006, according to a news release.

“While our nation’s leaders continue to work toward reform of the fragmented health system, Texas Health Resources must chart its own course, understanding that true reform happens locally by those directly giving and receiving care,” Kerney Laday, chairman of the hospital system’s board of trustees, said in a prepared statement. 

In addition to new positions, the hospital system also launched a new dyad leadership model that transformed the organization from a hospital-centered system to a well-connected and coordinated system of health services; one that will strive to help people to be healthy and also expertly treat disease.

“This is a significant step in our 10-year journey to become a health care system that excels at managing the health of groups of individuals by tailoring individual care plans that treat the whole person and emphasize prevention, well-being and expert medical care when needed,” Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, said in the release.

Hospital officials said Texas Health Resources started the transformational  path years before federal health care reform legislation passed.

The hospital system will also create operations leaders and clinical leaders at each of its three geographic zones — North, Southeast and Southwest.

“The Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees — all volunteers chosen from among the leaders of the community — will continue to be responsible for financial and operational strategies and success measures as it has since the company was formed,” the release said.

Hospital community boards will continue to focus on overseeing local quality, safety and medical staff credentialing requirements, as well as community health, community advocacy and philanthropic efforts.

Additionally, the Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation and the Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation will be consolidated into one Texas Health foundation, the release stated.

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States.

The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

It includes Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, home health, preventive and fitness services and an organization for medical research and education.

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Diana Roblyer and Emily Wiest, owners of downtown Denton store La Di Da, introduced a new concept at their business March 1.

“It is called ShoeFly by La Di Da — it’s an extension of La Di Da,” Roblyer said. “You can pass through, with the two storefronts. We have 12 different kinds of shoe lines — a series of sandals, heels and loafers.”

Brands offered at ShoeFly include Lenny & Eva, Poetic License and Toms.

Roblyer said the building received a complete facelift, including adding 1,200 square feet of space and a red spiral staircase.

“We wanted a staircase, Roblyer said. “[We] bought sliding barn doors, and added items from chandelier to barn wood. It is cool.”

La Di Da opened in 2005 on Oak Street and moved to Locust Street in 2006. La Di Da is located at 114 N. Locust St., with ShoeFly located immediately next door.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupancy in February:

  • Blockbuster, retail, 206 W. University Drive
  • Fast Sticker Station, vehicle repair and auto sales, 1023 Dallas Drive
  • Genesis Haircuts, professional services, 1230 Duncan St.
  • LHP LLC, apartments, 912 and 914 McCormick St.
  • North Texas Traffic Safety Education Program, professional services/office, 326 E. McKinney St.
  • Tatt Daddy’s, tattoo parlor, 722 Fort Worth Drive


Modern Woodmen of America members donated $175,010.28 and 4,214 volunteer hours to North Texas community organizations in 2011, the group announced recently.

Some of the volunteer activities included donating to the local food bank, beautifying a local park and raising money to support groups that help those in need.

Modern Woodmen is a tax-exempt fraternal membership society that sells life insurance, annuities and investment products.

For more information, call Jeffrey N. Sowards at 940-464-3838 or visit


Coming up

Hannah’s Off the Square has scheduled “The Art of Drinking Whiskey” at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Attendees will receive a meal paired with whiskeys and bourbons from around the globe.

Cost is $85 per person. Hannah’s Off the Square is located at 111 W. Mulberry St., near Denton’s downtown Square.

For more information or to make reservations, call 940-566-1110.


KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is