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Karina Ramirez: BHCS plans to open 8 more emergency centers in N. Texas

Dr. Randy Park, medical director of the then, 24-Hour Emergency Room on Highway 380 cut the ribbon to celebrate on the area's first helipad providing a safe place for air ambulances to land in Jan. 2013Barron Ludlum/Staff Photographer - Denton Record Chronicle DENTON R
Dr. Randy Park, medical director of the then, 24-Hour Emergency Room on Highway 380 cut the ribbon to celebrate on the area's first helipad providing a safe place for air ambulances to land in Jan. 2013
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Close to 7,000 patients across Aubrey, Little Elm, Cross Roads, Pilot Point and Prosper now use the Baylor Emergency Medical Center in Aubrey.

In May 2012, Emerus 24-hour Emergency Room in Aubrey became Baylor Emergency Medical Center through a joint venture between Emerus and Baylor Health Care System.

All 40 Emerus employees were retained in the change-over, and an additional 10 nurses were added for the facility’s inpatient service side.

John Wood, CEO of Baylor Emergency Medical Center at Aubrey, said the joint venture allowed the emergency care facility access to what the Baylor Health Care System had to offer.

“If a transfer is needed, there is a streamlined process for patients if they choose to go to a Baylor facility,” Wood said.

Since becoming Baylor Emergency Medical Center at Aubrey, the center now has eight inpatient beds, allowing patients in Denton County to receive hospital-level care.

In addition to providing emergency medical care, the hospital also added hospice services.

Dr. Randy Park, medical director of Baylor Emergency Medical Center at Aubrey, has been the medical director of the same facility since its inception as the 24-Hour Emergency Room in 2006.

Three years later, the facility took a new name and became Emerus. In 2010, the facility celebrated the opening of the area’s first helipad, providing a place for air ambulances to land.

Park said the facility plans to add primary care services in the future.

Baylor Health Care System is planning to open eight free-standing emergency centers in North Texas, said Jennifer McDowell, senior marketing and public relations consultant with the hospital system.

Earlier this year, Emerus and Baylor Health Care system proposed the construction of a 16,165-square-foot facility with seven exam rooms and eight inpatient beds in Colleyville, according to a city’s March 2013 economic development report.

For more information about the Baylor Emergency Medical Center at Aubrey, call 972-347-2525 or visit .


Ryder System Inc. announced June 1 it will close its location at 700 Henrietta Creek Road in Roanoke.

Officials with the company told the Texas Workforce Commission that approximately 60 employees will be laid off beginning Aug. 4.

Based in Miami, Ryder provides commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions, according to its website.

Due to confidentiality, officials said they could not provide further details.


The Texas State Legislature decided to change its annual sales tax holiday from the third weekend in August to the second weekend in August.

The Comptroller’s Office announced Monday that the sales tax holiday will now take place Aug. 9 through Aug. 11.

The sales tax holiday gives Texas shoppers the chance to buy clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 for back to school with no sales tax. Shoppers save up to $8.25 for every $100 they spend.


Dick Hafner, the owner of two Domino’s Pizza restaurants in Denton, was awarded the 2013 International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence.

The award will be granted to Hafner with 1,100 franchise owners across the country. It is the company’s top award based on operational audit scores, community involvement, store safety and security and team member morale, according to a press release said.

Hafner will receive the award during an upcoming Domino’s Pizza awards ceremony to be held in London.

Hafner’s restaurants are located at 709 Sunset St. and 1610 Teasley Lane.

For more information, visit .

As of two weeks ago, Jorge Espinosa became the new partner at Los Toreros Restaurant, located inside Unicorn Lake.

Prior to joining Sofia Del Angel as co-owner of the restaurant, Espinoza was owner of the Homestead, a restaurant on University Drive from 2000-02. Espinoza also has 15 years of experience as owner of two bail bond businesses — Magnolia and Bilingual Express.

“It’s been my dream and desire to provide our Latino community with a different atmosphere where the whole family can enjoy authentic Mexican food, as well as events for both young and old,” Espinoza said in a news statement.

Los Toreros opened at 2900 Wind River Lane in Suite 134 in November 2010.


Both area Hampton Hotels have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which recognizes hospitality excellence based on travel reviews, officials with the company said.

Only 10 percent of the businesses on TripAdvisor receive the recognition, a press release said. The hotels are among 1,320 Hampton properties that received the recognition.

The Hampton hotels are located at 1513 Centre Place Drive in Denton and 2650 Lake Vista Drive in Lewisville.

Coming up

Dean Anthony, branch manager of the South Denton location of DATCU, will retire at the end of June.

Anthony has spent seven years with DATCU. Prior to joining the nonprofit, Anthony spent 22 years with the Denton school district.

DATCU will have a retirement party for Anthony from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the South branch located at 3210 Teasley Lane. Family, co-workers and members are invited to attend.

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KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.