Nearly $30,000 in Grants Support Establishment of Workout Space at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
05/19/2011

DENTON, Texas — Employees and physicians on the medical staff of Texas Health Denton are now living examples of the hospital’s mission to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.

Texas Health Denton employees George Young (left) and David Layton use the equipment in the new workout space.
Texas Health Denton employees George Young (left) and David Layton use the equipment in the new workout space.

The hospital has opened a dedicated fitness space — with 24/7 access for employees and physicians — thanks to a $30,000 grant from Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. Located in The Center for Women, the space features basic cardio equipment, such as a treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike, as well as a free weight station. Wellness education and fitness classes also will be available to employees and physicians who become members.

In 2010, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation granted nearly $90,000 from its Presby Fund to Texas Health Denton, marking the first major philanthropic gifts made to the hospital since it became a wholly-owned affiliate of Texas Health Resources in 2009. The grants have supported the opening of the new exercise space, as well as renovations and improvements to the Emergency Department (ED) triage and waiting areas.

“Our employees are what make our hospital extra special,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “By dedicating space to fitness, we’re further demonstrating our active commitment to not only improving the health of those out in the community, but also those who work inside our organization.”

The Presby Fund is an annual community giving campaign sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation to support research, medical technology, patient care, continuing education and community outreach programs at the five Texas Health Presbyterian Hospitals. In 2010, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation raised more than $1 million for the Presby Fund to support needs of the hospitals.

“We are grateful to all of our supporters who are investing in improving health care in our community,” said Jay McAuley, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. “As part of a not-for-profit health care system that relies on philanthropy to help fulfill its mission, we look forward to assisting Texas Health Denton with more programs in the future.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has nearly 1,000 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties.

Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center and an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, 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. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation
Through philanthropy, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation provides support to five Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals in Allen, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman and Plano. Established in 1986, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation plays a critical role in continuing the mission of the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to improve the health of the communities served. The Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care by joining with committed donors to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of the hospital that are a part of Texas Health Resources. Through the efforts of the foundation, the strong tradition of community support through philanthropy enables the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to forge ahead in medical research and education, technology and the provision of quality patient care. Since its inception, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation has granted $92 million to support these needs. For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/PresbyFoundation.