Health clinic in Denton opens new office space

More space to provide more opportunity to help the community is what the Denton Community Health Clinic hopes to bring to Denton.

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Intensive construction

A $20 million expansion of Heart Hospital Baylor Denton, formerly North Texas Hospital, is underway to add six intensive care suites and a cardiovascular operating room, in addition to interior renovations already completed, officials said.

Room to grow

Construction to an addition of the Baylor Heart Hospital in progress on Mayhill Road is shown recently in Denton.

County reports eighth flu-related death

A Denton woman in her 40s has died from the flu, becoming the eighth flu-related death in Denton County.

Event honors lives touched

Jill Jester knows well that cancer touches everyone. “I just don’t think you can meet anyone that hasn’t been affected by cancer,” the Denton attorney said.

Officials: Flu shots still available

Despite a surge of flu cases in Denton County in recent weeks, flu shots are still available at local clinics but supplies are dwindling, health officials said. Local hospitals are busier than usual with flu cases but are not reporting the overcrowding problems that have been reported by some hospitals in Dallas and Tarrant counties, local officials said.

Fourth flu death reported
in Denton County

A 30-year-old Denton woman has become the fourth person to die of the flu in Denton County, health officials confirmed Wednesday.

Pathway for access

Jaime Blanton says she just wants access. To public restrooms and romantic dining areas on upper floors; through aisles cluttered with so much merchandise that she can’t maneuver her wheelchair.

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Gains made, but center still falls short

The Denton State Supported Living Center has come up short again in achieving required reforms after three years of federal monitoring. Denton’s center, home to more than 400 people with disabilities, is among those making the most progress of the 13 state centers being monitored by the U.S. Department of Justice, state officials say.

Denton hospital to open first pediatric section

After several months of renovation, a portion of the fourth floor at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will reopen on Monday as a pediatric unit, the first pediatric hospital unit in Denton.

Denton’s hospitals earn top scores

Denton’s two major hospitals earned top scores in safety ratings issued by the nation’s largest self-insured employers, known as The Leapfrog Group.

Denton to spray area for West Nile

City leaders approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing ground spraying after hearing an update on the mosquito traps and reports of human cases of West Nile virus in Denton.

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Tougher target

It’s been a tough week for breathers in North Texas, particularly in Denton County. Every day for more than a week now has been an “ozone action day.” Denton’s ozone monitor, once it was back online Aug. 30, quickly racked up some of the highest readings in the state, suggesting that progress in improving the region’s air quality has stalled.

Church event to offer HIV info, testing

Residents can learn more about HIV and AIDS, and be tested for free, at an event planned for Sept. 21 by St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Clinic to focus on family needs

A new clinic will soon provide pediatric care to young patients in Denton County. First Refuge will provide medical care, immunizations, antibiotics therapy, a medication assistance program, chiropractic and massage therapy for pain management, nutrition counseling and well-child care to children up to age 18.

Denton County confirms human case of West Nile

The Denton County Health Department announced Thursday it has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus for 2013 in the county.

Five people being treated for rabies

Health officials are treating five people in The Colony after they were exposed to rabies from a pet dog that tested positive for the virus on Friday.

Two more food-borne illness cases confirmed

The Denton County Health Department on Monday confirmed two additional cases of cyclosporiasis, the food-borne illness spreading through North Texas, bringing the number to seven.

Foodborne illness erupts in county

The Denton County Health Department has reported that labs have confirmed five cases of cyclosporiasis, a foodborne illness, in the county.

Health care cost ‘big unknown’ for cities

Officials in some of the area cities are expecting to see a significant spike in health care costs for their employees, and they won’t know exactly by how much rates may increase until late into the 2013-14 budget process.

Red Cross seeks donors

American Red Cross officials are seeing fewer blood donors this summer and they are encouraging people to locate a blood drive in their area to donate in an effort to prevent a shortage. On Tuesday, the American Red Cross issued an emergency request for donors of all blood types after seeing about 10 percent or 50,000 fewer donations across the country in June.

Delay gives more time to sort out rules

A new delay to the Affordable Care Act allows businesses with 50 or more employees another year to start offering medical coverage before facing fines, the Obama administration announced last week.

Texas faces silver tide

Denton resident C.J. Strayhorn was advised to retire by a doctor about two years ago because of a medical condition. At 70 years old and unprepared for retirement, Strayhorn and his wife watched as their $3,000-plus monthly income was slashed by more than half.

CareFlite to operate facility at Denton Enterprise Airport

Medical transportation provider CareFlite will have a new home in Denton this August, where it will lease space in a brand-new hangar at Denton Enterprise Airport. CareFlite will occupy 715 square feet of office space and 4,160 square feet of hangar space to house a helicopter and about 12 employees, said Jim Swartz, CareFlite president and CEO.

Officials confirm West Nile in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently confirmed the first human case of the West Nile virus in Texas this season.

Aldridge to stay involved after retiring from agency

It could be a while before Dr. Ron Aldridge, ex-CEO of Health Services of North Texas, will get over the fact that he actually retired. “I still say ‘we,’ talking like I am still CEO,” he said. “I still have not gotten over that.” Aldridge, 69, spent 12 1/2 years with the nonprofit agency before retiring May 17.

Grant to help fund screenings

Denton County commissioners and the Susan G. Komen Foundation are out to help women who have low income receive testing for breast cancer. Commissioners approved a $35,000 grant from the foundation that will go toward providing access to mammograms to women who qualify.

County hatches West Nile plan

Denton County officials are looking to get in front of the West Nile virus this season before things get out of hand.

Report identifies gaps in breast cancer research

A new interagency report recommends investing in breast cancer research that focuses on environmental factors and prevention as much as diagnosis and cures. The report, “Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention,” was released Tuesday by federal health officials and follows a legislative mandate from the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2008.

Results shared during summit

Vanita Halliburton said that when her son battled depression and bipolar disorder, she simply did not know how to help him. He began cutting himself at age 14. She and her family worked hard for five years to help him get well, she said. At 19, her son sought the assistance of a health professional and later checked into a hospital for 30 days.

Summit set for today

The second Denton County Child Health Summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Hilton Garden Inn of Denton, 3110 Colorado Blvd.

Hardworking woman turns focus to health

Heather Wyatt is a charismatic woman who is known to work two full-time jobs each week. Never did it cross Wyatt’s mind that she might need to put her health first and her work on the back burner.

Elevating awareness

Bethany Winsor and Mike Gregory agree that cancer is a long journey. “And you never know how long,” said Winsor, who was 27 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Health agency encourages flu shots

Denton County Health Department officials are encouraging the public to make flu shots a priority. Reports here and across the country have indicated earlier instances of influenza activity, and while this isn’t likely to go down as the worst season ever, every flu season is a serious one.

Maggie Jover: Reducing portion sizes for better health

Many of us will set “eating healthier” as a New Year’s resolution for 2013. One way to achieve this resolution is by reducing portion sizes. Most of us eat more than we realize.

Sanger man breathing easier

SANGER — In 2008, newlywed Jon Filbert was looking forward to a good life ahead of him when his doctor tearfully told him things were going to be different. Filbert was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Flow Health Care Foundation distributes grants

The Flow Health Care Foundation awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to 15 health-related organizations based throughout Denton County on Wednesday.

Flu emerges early this year

As researchers work to improve the accuracy of flu forecasts, local health officials say this winter’s flu season has already begun. Juan Rodriguez, chief epidemiologist with the Denton County Health Department, has counted about 30 cases of influenza in Denton County this week, compared to only two cases at this time last year.

Select approach: Cooperation key at rehabilitation hospital

When Gerard Hedges took his first four steps, his specialists, fellow patients and the staff at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton celebrated by clapping. “I didn’t think I could do anything,” said Hedges, 72, sitting in his wheelchair at the hospital Tuesday.

Clinic reaches out to community

A year ago, Filippo and Alice Masciarelli didn’t just open the doors to Denton Community Health Clinic and wait for new patients. They went looking for them.

Grant to aid future nurses

Texas Woman’s University recently was awarded a $3 million grant to use for scholarships for undergraduate and graduate nursing students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Denton County MHMR hires from within for new director

When Pam Gutierrez first began her career as a mental health case manager at the Denton County MHMR Center, it was in an old house located on Oak Street. There were at least 10 people on staff, and the center handled 15 cases.

DCHD looks to make dent

With the addition of three new programs, Denton County Health Department officials are hoping to make a dent in the number of low-income residents going without diabetes care and immunizations. The programs were developed through the federal 1115 Medicaid Waiver, which gives states more flexibility to provide health care for those eligible for Medicaid.

Sea of pink turns out on gray day

Breast cancer survivor Charla Lee credits her friend with helping her through treatment. “I was wallowing and drowning in it,” Lee said. “She kept me from sinking.” Lee, a two-year survivor, and her friend Cindy Barthold, a six-year survivor, together walked the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at South Lakes Park on Saturday.

Beating the odds: Survivor shares inspirational story

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — When Chad Hill started cancer treatments in 2005, his doctor said he likely would be unable to father a child. In February 2005, Hill was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a blood cancer. He was physically active, played sports and had no family history of the disease that primarily affects men in their 60s.

Denton County awaits decisions on spraying

Denton County officials say the continually growing number of West Nile virus cases is the reason for a county health emergency declaration and imminent aerial spraying to combat the outbreak.

Officials warn of new strain

Local health officials are monitoring reports of a new strain of swine flu that has sickened both children and adults visiting county fairs.

Burgess cites concerns with health care reform

HIGHLAND VILLAGE — U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, told constituents Thursday that health care reform, as it is currently written, won’t work and its problems must be dealt with regardless of who is elected in November.

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