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Texas Health Kaufman Shares Rich History With Community
03/02/2009

KAUFMAN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman has undergone many changes in its first 30 years.

Groundbreaking

Community leaders gathered to break ground for the new hospital.

On March 28, Texas Health Kaufman will celebrate its 30th anniversary by inviting the community to participate in a 5K fun run, followed by a morning of festivities to highlight the hospital’s history and future. The fun run begins at 9 a.m. at the hospital and the anniversary celebration starts at 10 a.m.

Perhaps one of the most noticeable changes in recent years is the hospital’s name change to better reflect Texas Health Kaufman’s relationship with Texas Health Resources — an Arlington-based health system with 13 hospitals across North Texas. But while the name has changed, the hospital’s ties to Presbyterian Healthcare System date back to the facility’s beginning.

“By joining Texas Health Resources 11 years ago, the Kaufman hospital has been able to draw off the resources and knowledge of hospitals across North Texas while providing quality, locally-focused, care to Kaufman and the surrounding communities,” said Patsy Youngs, hospital president. “In the last 30 years, Texas Health Kaufman has grown tremendously, and we see bright opportunities in the coming years as well.”

The Kaufman hospital’s formation really began when Dr. E.I. “Ed” Hall and Rev. D.G. Council approached Toddie Lee Wynne with the idea to build a facility that would work closely with Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. After initial conversations, the founding group added members and quickly became organized.

Within three years, funds were raised, a site for the hospital was secured and state approval was granted. Design and construction followed and about six years after the initial conversations, Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman opened. In April 1979, the Kaufman hospital was one story and operated 50 beds.

“Our hospital has been blessed to have dedicated community leaders committed to the idea of a full-service community hospital in Kaufman,” Youngs said. “That tradition continues to this day with long-time board members, such as board chairman Carl Stapp, dedicating years of service to Texas Health Kaufman.”

Today, Texas Health Kaufman is three stories tall, with 91 beds and two medical office buildings that are filled to capacity. Services now offered at the hospital include Level IV Trauma designation for the emergency department, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, women and infant care and wound care.

ribbon cutting

Ribbon cutting for the new hospital was in April 1979.

Texas Health Kaufman employs 216 full-time equivalent employees. A total of 28 physicians actively practice on the medical staff. And a dedicated group of about 20 people volunteer at the nonprofit hospital.

“The staff, physicians and volunteers truly care about their role in caring for the patients of Kaufman and the surrounding communities,” Young said. “We look forward to celebrating the hospital’s anniversary with the community and building off that relationship to develop great things to come.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women’s services, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation and pain management services.

Texas Health Kaufman, a member of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. The system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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