Dallas County Hospital opens new atrium center during open house reception

Kiley Wellendorf Staff
Dallas County Hospital CEO, Angel Mortoza, paid tribute to those who both supported and built the new atrium. PHOTO BY KILEY WELLENDORF

Dallas County Hospital welcomed the public to an evening open house reception on Tuesday, June 13 celebrating the finalization of the new Atrium center, alongside a new partnership between DCH and Senior Life Solutions.

Visitors enjoyed a reception followed by a brief presentation by CEO, Angela Mortoza. Hospital workers also gave tours, taking visitors to a large open room currently used for walkers, the Senior Life Solutions center, and a community room designated for DMACC students and those within the community.

Senior Life Solutions, a new partnership, will offer group therapy three times a week to a demographic of individuals ages 65 and older.

“The biggest point about Senior Life Solutions is that anybody can refer, so it doesn’t have to be a doctors order,” Syndey Freeman, Community Education Manager said.”

The group therapy services are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a schedule ranging from 9 a.m. to noon.

Renovation to the new unit includes small offices and group therapy rooms.

“Anyone is welcome; I would say if you have someone in mind to just give the referral and they can sort it out,” Freeman said. “If they don’t qualify then they’ll have resources.”

Other additions to the new unit include an educational room which features a smart board, a plethora of tables and chairs, as well as a podium. The room will be used for those who attend DMACC CNA classes, or any other educational classes that have previously been held in the DCH.

Construction for the whole unit began in February, Macinzie McFarland, Marketing and Community Relations Manager said, and finalized around early June. The new atrium was built by Badding Construction of Carroll.