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Presbyterian Hospital of Denton is now Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
04/01/2009

ARLINGTON, Texas — Presbyterian Hospital of Denton is now Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. The changeover became official with the signing of final papers yesterday closing the transaction to transfer the ownership interest of Community Health Systems (CHS) to Texas Health Resources.

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Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Joins Texas Health Family of Hospitals on April 1

“Texas Health is excited to have a stronger presence in Denton County than ever before,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health. “We built this hospital in partnership with Triad and opened it in 2005 to expand access to care in Denton County. Now we’re embracing the hospital as an integrated and full member of the Texas Health Resources system. We’re committed to strengthening the hospital’s collaboration with patients, physicians, employees and volunteers to improve the health of the people we are privileged to serve.”

Stan Morton, president of the hospital, said, “When we opened this beautiful facility in April 2005, I commented that the hallmark of this hospital was its dedicated, caring staff. That was true then, and I feel even stronger about our people today. During almost two years of transition, hospital employees, volunteers and physicians on the medical staff have kept their focus on our patients and their families.

“I cannot say enough about their dedication to the people who come to us for care. We’re proud to adopt the Texas Health motto, 'Healing Hands, Caring Hearts,' because that exactly describes who we are.”

The hospital opened for patients April 9, 2005, following a two-year construction project that began with the February 2003 announcement of a joint-venture agreement between Texas Health Resources and Triad Hospitals, Inc. When Community Health Systems bought Triad in 2007, Texas Health began negotiating with CHS to purchase their interest in the hospital. That transaction was completed March 31, 2009.

“Teams from the hospital and Texas Health have been working together for weeks to make the transition as smooth as possible,” said Steve Hanson, senior executive vice president for system alignment and performance for Texas Health, who is responsible for oversight of Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals. “All operational areas — from the medical staff to human resources to information technology — have been communicating across organizational lines to handle the necessary business transactions while keeping the primary focus on delivering quality patient care. We still have a lot of work to do to fully integrate Texas Health Presbyterian Denton into our family.”

The transition teams for both organizations have been planning for several months. Crews already have begun work to replace signs around the hospital with the new name and logo. Texas Health also expects to announce in the near future several new or expanded health-related programs to benefit Denton and the surrounding communities.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital serving North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. The hospital’s services include emergency services, medical imaging, surgical services, cardiovascular services and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Denton has approximately 890 employees and an active medical staff of more than 300 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

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. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.

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