Parkland Hospital

Today I’m at Parkland Hospital to bring you just all the incredible things that this hospital is doing. It’s part of what we pay for in our property taxes every year and it’s good to know that our money is being so well spent.

This facility is really impressive. It was built about three years ago. We took a tour, through my women’s group. We toured the trauma center and the ER. They take over 300,000 people through emergency and trauma every year. It is a staggering number of people and if you could see the inside of all of that, you’d be so impressed at how it’s set up. The nurses have an input of what was done so that it is useful and workable for everybody.

The person that toured us informed us of all the innovations that they have brought to Parkland. For instance the outlying hospitals centers, so that people who don’t live very close to here can have the same kind of service brought to them as well. So all kinds of innovations to save money, to save patients, to just give people more access that they might not otherwise have.

I mean the light coming in and the beauty around you. There’s plants and gardens outside to bring the outside in.

Check out the article below from the Dallas Morning News.

Dallas health officials identified five zip codes as the most unhealthy. Here’s how they plan to fix it.

The public will get its first glimpse at their plan at an event Thursday morning.

Laura Montoya, left, and Veronica Ocana, center, receive dental information from Jefferson Dental community manager Dely Acosta, right, during a health and safety fair at Pleasant Grove Christian Church in Dallas, Jan. 25, 2020. The fair hosted a variety of health and safety information, as well as free flu shots by the Dallas County Health Department, and free lab tests checking cholesterol, STDs, thyroid, diabetes and glucose levels. Ben Torres/Special Contributor(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Three months ago, health officials diagnosed five zip codes in southern Dallas as the most unhealthy in the county. Today, the public gets its first look at treatment options.

Health leaders are set to brief more than 300 health care professionals, elected officials and community activists on their plan that they hope will reverse historic inequities and improve the county’s overall well-being.

The presentation from Parkland Health & Hospital System and the Dallas County health department is a response to a tome of data the two groups published in October that put a heavy emphasis on five zip codes – 75210, 75215, 75216, 75217 and 75241.

The response, however, focuses less on neighborhoods and more on specific chronic illnesses and other ailments such as pediatric asthma, breast cancer and mental health.

The plan builds on a shift at Parkland in recent years to provide more services away from its main campus in northwest Dallas, said Frederick Cerise, the hospital’s president and CEO. And while there isn’t a detailed list of interventions for each zip code, the strategies the hospital plans to put in place will have a strong and early focus on south and southeast Dallas.

See the full Dallas News article


6:00 AM on Jan 30, 2020


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