The president of the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center, Michael Williams, and the CEO of JPS Health Network, Robert Earley, have been recognized with the 2015 Vision Award from The Fort Worth Business Press. The prize was granted due to joint efforts to offer a collaborative practice to improve health care to the patients of Tarrant County.
The collaborative practice was granted the Vision Award regarding its work towards a new medical group able to offer “greater efficiency, accountability and value” for the region’s healthcare. The prize was granted last week, at the Fort Worth Club, as announced by the UNT in a press release. “This venture opens up new educational opportunities, new research opportunities and new ways to develop how care is delivered in Fort Worth,” stated Williams.
The dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Don Peska, DO, had also highlighted the benefits that the partnership between JPS Health Network and the UNTHSC brought to the North Texas community. Peska believes that combining the expertise of two healthcare providers into one collaborative practice is strengthening the delivery of healthcare, with benefits such as more physicians available, savings, and shared services.
In addition to the shared award granted to Williams and Earley, two UNTHSC faculty members Amy Raines-Milenkov, DrPH, who serves as assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Darrin D’Agostino, DO, MPH, MBA, who is the chair of Internal Medicine, were honored at the Forth Worth event as HealthCare Heroes.
Amy Raines-Milenkov, who is a member of the Texas Department of State Health Services Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, chair of the Tarrant County Infant Health Network and member of the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities, was honored due to her dedication to reducing the mortality rate of infants.
The physician is the principal investigator for a $3.5 million grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration to support a five-year research project designed to execute a national model created to improve the health of women before, during, and after a pregnancy, as well as to assist families taking care of babies within their first two years of life.
On the other hand, Darrin D’Agostino received the recognition given his public health leadership, as well as dedication as medical director of the Cowtown Marathon, and collaboration against Ebola. In addition to treating more than 200 athletes who were participating in last year’s marathon and suffered medical issues, during the Ebola crisis, the scientist participated in the Texas governor’s task force to help prevent and identify outbreaks, as well as assisted the population to calm fears and educate them.