In November of 2016, Denton Regional Medical Center started to change its signs to read a new name, Medical City Denton. However, Denton Regional was not the only medical facility to make this transition. The name change took place across 13 North Texas Hospitals and seven off-campuses in an initiative to create a more unified and recognizable reputation. This unification initiative accompanies another major capital investment initiative across the Medical City Healthcare system that will take place over the next three years. The major capital investment initiative will be used to renovate and upgrade buildings and equipment.“Medical City is a trusted name with an immediately recognizable reputation for quality healthcare,” said Steve Edgar, CEO of Medical City Denton.
On Thursday, April 6, Medical City Denton celebrated the official changing of its name with a ceremony and ribbon cutting facilitated by the Denton Chamber of Commerce. Guests received the opportunity to learn about the new renovations, which includes lobby renovations and the new Emergency Medical Service dispatch center. These renovations and initiatives are a great representation of Medical City Denton’s mission statement, which reads: “Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”
“We want to bring attention to one of the most important, generous and life-changing gifts that are possible,” said Edgar. “That being the donation of organs, tissues and eyes that enhance and often save the lives of people in critical need.”
There were several special guests at the ceremony such as Southwest Transplant Alliance and Donate Life, but it was NASCAR driver Joey Gase who was the guest of honor. Gase shared his personal experience with Donate Life with everyone in attendance. He was asked to donate his mother’s organs when she passed away in 2011. His mother’s donations reached 66 people who were in need of transplants. Since that time he has become a proponent for organ donation.At the ceremony, Gase also unveiled the Donate Life Texas #52 car he raced on April 8 as part of the My Bariatric Solutions Xfinity 300 Series. In an amazing show of support, all the guests used paint to create handprints on the car. These handprints were not just handprints, instead, they were tributes to donors, recipients and healthcare professionals. What a way for Medical City Denton to kick off National Donate Life Month.
By: Donald Smith
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