Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Dietitian Named 'Employee of the Year' by D-FW Hospital Council
05/09/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas — When it comes to combating obesity and diseases like diabetes in the Arlington community, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital dietitian Denice Taylor takes the cake.

Denice Taylor and Paula Cantu
Denice Taylor (left), registered dietitian, and Paula Cantu, director of nutrition services.

Her efforts have earned her the 2011 Employee of the Year award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council for 250- to 499-bed hospitals. She is one of four honorees throughout the Metroplex who demonstrate achievement in multiple roles in work and personal life, setting high standards, leading by example, and demonstrating compassion toward patients and co-workers.

Though Taylor has her work cut out for her, with an estimated 28.3 percent of adults and 19 percent of children in Tarrant County considered obese in 2010 according to Tarrant County Public Health, she’s managed to make a huge impact. She’s helped develop an “Eat Right, Move More” program to combat childhood obesity at Speer Elementary School in Arlington, implemented a “Choose Health” community wellness education program in 2010 with the City of Arlington, and helped lead support groups for bariatric patients and diabetes sufferers.

"Denice has done an outstanding job in educating patients, coworkers and the community,” said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. “The hospital and the community are fortunate to have a health advocate of her caliber. I couldn’t think of a better representative for the DFW Hospital Council Employee of the Year.”

Taylor joined the hospital staff in 1983 as a dietetic technician. She earned a clinical nutrition degree in 1990 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to become a registered dietitian. She advanced to clinical nutrition manager in 1997 and currently also serves as the hospital’s outpatient dietitian, working both in nutrition care and the hospital’s diabetes center.

Taylor has been an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America for nearly 12 years and serves on several committees. This year she earned Scouting highest recognition, the Silver Beaver award, for outstanding service and contributions to youth in Scouting and the community. She was recently honored with the Cross and Flame Award by the United Methodist Church for her leadership and service to children, youth and the community. She also volunteers her time at community and church health fairs speaking on nutrition topics, health and wellness.

“As a member of the Texas Health Resources family, I am very honored and humbled to receive this award,” Taylor said. “I plan to continue the quest to improve the health of the community we serve and to reduce the rate of obesity in children and adults in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.