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Newsmakers: Texas Health Care grows with addition of eight physicians

Texas Health Care grows with addition of eight physicians

Texas Health Care, a multispecialty physician group practice, is adding to its ranks with the addition of eight new physician members in 2014, increasing the practice’s total membership to 150. “Texas Health Care is proud to welcome these outstanding new physicians to our group,” said Dr. Larry Tatum, CEO of Texas Health Care. “Texas Health Care allows our members to be doctors so that they can focus on patient care without constraints or administrative distractions. We’re thrilled but not surprised that these eight physicians agree that our practice offers them the best opportunity to focus on health care.” Texas Health Care has no outside ownership interest. Its physician-members work only for themselves and their patients. All physicians – including the newest members – have an equal say in the governance of the group. The new physicians are: Dr. Catherine Bevan, who joined an OB/GYN practice with four other Texas Health Care physicians. She grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School. For the past year, Bevan has been on the staff at UT Southwestern as an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Donald Dolce, who specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery with a specific focus on the elbow, shoulder, hip and knee. Dolce served as an assistant team physician for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Houston Dynamo, Rice University football/basketball/baseball, and several high school football teams. Dr. Therèse M. Duane, who joined the Department of Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital and will serve as vice chairman of quality and safety and medical director of acute care surgery research for the department. Duane most recently served as a professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma/Critical Care at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems, where she received the Distinguished Mentor Award. She has been recognized with numerous other awards and honors, including the Shining Knight Award for Excellence in Trauma Care. Dr. Bradley Putty, who joined Texas Health Care as a trauma surgeon at John Peter Smith Hospital, bringing a wealth of experience from his service in the United States Air Force. Putty served as a trauma surgeon at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and as deputy commander clinical services (chief physician) for Task Force Med-East in Afghanistan. Dr. Melissa McFadden, a graduate of Weatherford High School and a family practitioner, who spent two years in South America with her husband Mike serving in the Peace Corps, where she served as a rural education volunteer. Dr. Paresh Patel, a board certified family practitioner and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, who received his doctorate of osteopathic medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. After completing his family practice residency in Corpus Christi, Patel came back to Fort Worth and worked in urgent care for 10 years. For the last six years, he has been a family doctor serving numerous North Fort Worth residents. He will continue to serve these patients in his new capacity for Texas Health Care. Dr. Jeffrey Tessier, who joined the staff of John Peter Smith Hospital, where he will serve as medical director of Antimicrobial Stewardship. Tessier attended medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating summa cum laude. He spent five years as the transplant infectious diseases physician at Virginia Commonwealth University. Tessier has extensive expertise in the care of infections related to impaired immunity, particularly infections related to solid organ and bone marrow transplantation. Dr. Robert Zwernemann, who has been in private practice in Fort Worth since 2003 and serves in numerous leadership roles in his field. He is the obstetrics and gynecology division chief at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, where he also serves on the Quality Assurance Committee. He serves on a similar committee at Andrews Women’s Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Cooksey Communications promoted Jason Meyer to senior vice president and Kelly Hardwick to account supervisor. Meyer, who has been with Cooksey for four years, serves clients such as Hillwood Properties/Alliance Texas; Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; and the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. He is a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Pubic Policy Committee; the Fort Worth Chamber’s Government Relations Committee; the North Texas Commission’s Finance Committee and Marketing Committee; and served on the steering committee for the USS Fort Worth community support group. Hardwick, who joined Cooksey two years ago, supervises professional services accounts, including Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Hillwood Properties, 35W Coalition and Holland Services, and the city of Richardson. He oversees the firm’s social media efforts, is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and is active in the Boy Scouts of America.

Christina McKinney joined Balcom Agency as an account director, bringing more than 13 years of advertising experience. She will manage projects and multi-media campaigns for several clients, but will focus primarily on guiding and implementing communication strategies for USMD Health System.

Boards & Organizations The Workforce Development Board of Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County elected Keith Muskrat, vice president of operations for Talon Industries Inc., as board chairman and Estrus Tucker, president and CEO of Liberation Community Inc., as board vice chairman.

Health Care Dr. Angela Seda joined Texas Breast Specialists and will practice at Texas Breast Specialists-Arlington. Seda received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She completed her residency in general surgery at Unity Point Health (Iowa Health System) and recently finished a one-year fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Baylor Scott & White Health-Baylor University Medical Center. Seda is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Texas Medical Association and American College of Surgeons. Honors & Awards Leadership Fort Worth and its board member Drenda Williams Witt recently were honored by the Association of Leadership Programs. LFW received the Excellence in Innovation Award for its development of Issues Initiatives for its Leadership Class program. Witt received ALP’s Distinguished Leadership Award. She has served as an LFW board member for 18 years and has also served as a board member and board president with the YWCA of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, as a board member with The Women’s Shelter, as board member and secretary for the Arts Council Northeast, as board member for Camp Fire First Texas, and as a member and secretary of the Bedford Parks and Recreation Board. The Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Metro Chapter celebrated National Philanthropy Day Oct. 30 by recognizing several community philanthropists. The 2014 honorees are: Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive, Missy Gale, M. Gale & Associates; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, Michele Hahnfeld; Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Colonial Kids for a Cause; Distinguished Philanthropists, Mary and Dick Lowe; Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Junior League of Fort Worth; and Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Hand-tool manufacturer Klein Tools received the Texas Workforce Commission’s Local Employer of Excellence Award for the Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County area. Since moving to Mansfield in 2010, Klein Tools has created more than 205 new jobs and expects to grow by almost 600 new jobs during the next four years. The annual economic impact on the Mansfield and Tarrant County area is estimated at $180 million, with an estimated $4.5 billion statewide impact over 10 years. Klein Tools supports 1,926 direct and indirect jobs locally with annual salaries at $88.5 million. Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington has been recognized for the second consecutive time as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. The hospital was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes for heart attack, heart failure and surgical care. Fort Worth Opera’s marketing and communications department was honored with the “Communicator of the Year” Award by the Center for Nonprofit Management in recognition for its efforts to develop the company’s Opera Shots program.

Nonprofit Organizations After a 14-year tenure with the Fort Worth Opera, Keith Wolfe, chairman of the 2016 McCammon Voice Competition, is leaving in December to join Opera Birmingham as general director.

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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