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Karina Ramírez: Denton Regional makes the grade

Denton Regional Medical Center was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The “A” score was awarded to the medical center in the latest update of the Hospital Safety Score, which uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors, according to a press release.

Caleb O’Rear, CEO of Denton Regional Medical Center, said in a statement that patient safety is crucial to the work conducted at his facility.

“We have the highest standards for patient safety and strive to always provide the best care to our community,” he said.

Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, said Denton Regional Medical Center received its recognition for safety excellence.

Fifty-two hospitals in Texas — 25 percent of the hospitals in the state — have received an “A” score, according to

In the website’s state rankings, Texas ranks 24 in the proportion of its hospitals earning an “A.” Massachusetts has the highest percent of “A”-scoring hospitals, at 83 percent, while New Mexico is No. 50 on the list with just 7 percent of “A” hospitals. (Maryland is not included in the rankings because it is not required to report to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Ser­vices, which makes the public data available.)

Denton Regional is part of the HCA North Texas Division Hospitals, which includes 12 hospitals and related health-care entities serving North Texas and surrounding areas.

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Texas Roof and Fence in Denton earned the 2012 An­gie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded to about 5 percent of all companies rated on Angie’s List, a website that gathers consumer reviews on local service companies.

Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks said in a news statement that Texas Roof and Fence earned the award for providing great service.

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” she said in the statement.

Owned by Steve Ormand, Texas Roof and Fence provides roofing and fencing services for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to the company’s website. Texas Roof and Fence has been located at 514 N. Locust St. since 2008.

Ormand said the award was a recognition from his customers.

“It means that we are doing the right thing. Taking care of our customers. Most times at our own expense,” he said in an e-mail. “We don’t chase money, we chase customers’ service and quality and this award shows us that it’s the right choice.”

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The Dallas Morning News, the sister paper of the Denton Record-Chronicle, has acquired DG Publishing Inc., publisher of Design Guide Texas and The Texas Wedding Guide.

Both high-end, advertising-driven magazines are published twice per year.

Richard S. Alfano, group publisher and general manager of The News, said in a news statement that the acquisitions would complement The News’ FD Luxe lifestyle magazine.

“The DGP brands have been leaders in their respective markets for over 20 years,” Alfano said. “We look forward to expanding the reach and comprehensiveness of our multimedia services in the home interior, wedding and luxury lifestyle categories to our consumers and clients.”

The staffs of DG Publishing have become employees of The News.

In November, Denton Coun­ty auto dealerships sold 770 cars and 887 trucks, for a total of 1,657 vehicles, according to the Freeman Auto Report. As of November, county dealerships have sold 23,253 vehicles this year.

The auto report tracks new and used vehicle registrations statewide.



Texas Health Resources announced Dr. Daniel Varga was named chief clinical officer and senior vice president of the health system, effective Jan. 14.

Varga will be responsible for achieving full and seamless integration of the entire Texas Health clinical enterprise, including quality, patient safety and patient experience initiatives, according to a news release. He will also oversee physician relationships, clinical integration, care design, and clinical research and education.

With Barclay Berdan, the system’s chief operations officer and senior executive vice president, Varga will share the responsibility of executing the next phase of Texas Health’s 10-year strategic plan, launched in 2007.

Varga has 24 years of experience in patient practice, medical education and health care administration. He served in a number of senior clinical leadership roles in large health care organizations, most recently as the chief clinical officer at KentuckyOne Health, the state’s largest health system, the release said.

Varga received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and his medical education at the University of Louisville. He is board certified in internal medicine.

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the U.S. Twenty-five acute care and short-stay hospitals are owned or operated by, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

Earlier this month, Achievers Gymnastics Center an­nounced Charity Corbitt would lead and direct the center’s Kids Play Day program. The post was previously held by Rebecca Lapio, who re­cently re­signed, according to a news release.

Corbitt received her teaching degree from Texas A&M Uni­versity and served as a preschool director for the past eight years.

The Kids Play Day program is a “mother’s day out” program that offers both learning and play in a safe and caring environment. The program runs from September through May, following the Denton school district calendar.

Primrose School of Castle Hills, owned by Tom and Priscilla Chow of Carrollton, was among three schools selected to receive the Primrose President’s Award, which recognizes the top Primrose Schools franchise owners.

The Chows, who have owned their franchise since 2004, were selected out of more than 240 Primrose Schools nationwide for the award for their passion, professionalism and commitment to the Carrollton-area community, according to a news release.

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