Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Receives First Philanthropic Grants
07/07/2010

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton announced today that it is the recipient of $88,686 in grants through the Presby Fund of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. The grants mark the first major philanthropic gifts made to the hospital since it became a wholly-owned member of Texas Health Resources, the largest faith-based nonprofit health care delivery system in North Texas, in 2009.

A grant of nearly $60,000 will support the renovation of the Emergency Department (ED) triage and waiting areas. Updates to these areas will help improve visibility of patients upon entering the ED and will help the hospital meet patient satisfaction goals.

A second grant of $30,000 will support a new exercise room for Texas Health Denton employees. Located on the first floor of The Center for Women, the workout facility will offer 24/7 access to staff who become members. The facility will feature 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 members.

“We are extremely grateful to receive these grants and we look forward to using these funds to make a positive difference for our patients and staff,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “We are a nonprofit hospital, philanthropic support from the community is important to help our hospital continue to grow.”

The Presby Fund is an annual community giving campaign sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation to support unforeseen needs and opportunities for improvement at the five Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals. Gifts made to the Presby Fund are without restriction, which allows the hospitals to address the greatest health care needs in their communities. In 2009, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation granted more than $2 million through the Presby Fund to support emerging technology, research, continuing education and community outreach.

“While hospital leadership and board members budget carefully each year, there are always needs that arise,” said Jay McAuley, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. “The Presby Fund answers these needs in a profound way. We are fortunate to have generous, loyal supporters who share our vision and support our mission to improve the health of people in our communities.”

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.

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 and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Denton has nearly 1,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 890 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.