DALLAS-Parkland Memorial Hospital is the first public hospital to win a prestigious award from a national group of public employees. The Public Employees Roundtable this month honored the hospital with its 1996 Public Service Excellence Award for its Community Oriented Primary Care program. The program, which has been a model for other public hospitals, has set up health centers in medically underserved areas of Dallas. Started in 1987, it now operates nine centers.
SULPHUR, Okla.-A trust established by a physician is financing the $12 million Lifestyle Center of America, set to open this summer. The center, which is not affiliated with a hospital, is promoted as a preventive-care provider that offers residential and outpatient services to managed-care networks, self-insured corporations and individuals. The staff will include physicians, nurses, dietitians, health educators, physical therapists and exercise physiologists, who will care for individuals with coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity, officials said. The 100,000-square-foot center includes 39 guest suites. Costs will range from $1,500 for a six-day program to $5,500 for a 19-day program. The late Otey Johnson, M.D., a longtime Ardmore, Okla., physician, established the trust to build and operate the center.