Business Notes: New medical center opens


U.S. HealthWorks, an operator of occupational health care and urgent care centers, opened a new medical center at the former Health At Work location, at 5040 Kinsey Drive, Suite 500. It provides a full range of health services to promote employee wellness and treat on-the-job injuries.

Dr. William Swartworth, who served as the medical director for Health At Work, joined U.S. HealthWorks and will continue his role as the primary me-dical provider at the clinic. U.S. HealthWorks now has 10 centers in Texas, including seven in the greater Houston/Freeport area, two in Dallas and one in Tyler, as well as 191 centers and worksites in 17 states.

"We are excited to expand our reach in Texas to Tyler and to partner with a distinguished group of professionals from Health At Work," Ned Pucek, regional vice president of operations, southwest division, said in a prepared statement.

U.S. HealthWorks, a subsidiary of Dignity Health, is one of the country's largest operators of occupational health care centers. With more than 2,700 employees, including 800 medical providers, U.S. HealthWorks centers serve more than 12,000 patients each day throughout the country. U.S. HealthWorks centers help employers control work-related injury costs through quality medical care and effective management of claims and lost work time, specializing in early return-to-work programs, injury prevention and ergonomics programs. For more, visit



Sleep Medicine Institute of Texas, PA, held an open house and ribbon cutting celebration at its new facility, at 115 W. Fifth St., on Thursday. People were invited to meet Dr. R.V. Ghuge and staff, and tour the Sleep Clinic, Sleep Laboratory and Durable Medical Equipment facility. The business can be reached at 903-787-7533 or



East Texas Medical Center Tyler is being recognized in the August issue of U.S. News and World Report magazine as a 2013 gold plus achievement award winner for the treatment of stroke patients. Presented by the American Heart Association (AHA), the hospitals have successfully utilized the AHA's "Get with the Guidelines" program for coronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke. ETMC was recognized in the stroke category. "Get with the Guidelines" is the premier hospital-based quality improvement program for AHA and the American Stroke Association.

"ETMC implemented the AHA's ‘Get with the Guidelines' program to expand and improve the care we provide in treating and preventing stroke," Bob Evans, administrator/CEO of ETMC Tyler, said in a statement. ETMC Tyler was the first hospital in East Texas to become a certified stroke center as designated by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. To qualify, a facility must establish standardized protocols to assure consistent care. Physicians and staff must be educated in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, and systems for continuous quality improvement must be in place.



The ETMC Regional Healthcare System named David Langston as the new vice president for human resources. Lang-ston joined ETMC in 1998 as the compensation/benefits director and served in that capacity as well as other human resources management areas for the ETMC system. He has 24 years of experience in health care human resources management and holds a master of science in human resources development from The University of Texas at Tyler. He is certified by the national Society of Human Resources Management as a senior professional in human resources. Langston also instructs HR management certification courses at Kilgore College. An Arlington native, he lives in Lindale. Langston replaced Mike Gray, who retired in May after 32 years of service at ETMC.



First Bank & Trust East Texas was named to the top 15 percent of community banks nationwide for 2012 by Seifried & Brew, a national community bank risk management firm. The recognition puts First Bank & Trust among an elite group of banks that strive every day to serve its communities with the best financial tools and services, Jay Shands, First Bank & Trust president and CEO, said in a statement. For consideration for the ranking, a bank must have demonstrated exemplary performance of balancing risk and reward. Established in 1953, it is an East Texas-owned bank with more than $800 million in assets and the 18th largest trust department in Texas. There are 18 locations throughout East Texas, including Lufkin, Diboll, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Tyler, Long-view and Palestine.



Gardeners, professional landscape managers and seed company representatives will learn which landscape plants did well under regional conditions at the 2013 East Texas Horticultural Field Day on June 27 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, has conducted bedding-plant trials at the center since 1994. He tests bedding plants and flowers, including established varieties and those more recently developed by seed companies, in East Texas conditions. The field day begins at 8:30 a.m. at the center's North Farm site, which is about four miles north of the Overton center on Farm-to-Market Road 3053, and ends at 3 p.m. at the Overton center's headquarters building. The free event will feature more than 500 bedding-plant entries, a barbecue lunch and presentations made by Pemberton and Dallas Arboretum representatives Jimmy Turner and Jenny Wegley.

The bedding plant industry has had a $500 million annual economic impact on the region for at least a decade, and it hasn't experienced the downturn in consumer spending that other businesses have in the past couple of years, Pemberton said. Before he began his trials, there were few, if any, tests under East Texas conditions of the many new varieties released by seed companies each year, he said.

For more, visit field-day or call 903-834-6191.



Eastman Chemical Co., which has a Longview facility, was named 2013 Responsible Care Company of the Year by the American Chemistry Council in recognition of superior health, safety, environmental and security performance. It is ACC's top honor given to member companies that have enhanced and embraced the Responsible Care ethic throughout their organizations. Eastman has incorporated Responsible Care principles in its business for almost 25 years. Eastman is a global specialty chemicals company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. For more, visit eastman. com.



Charles H. Clark was featured in the publication, Texas Legal Leaders. The attorneys who were featured achieved the peer reviewed rating of "AV Preeminent" by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the company that has long set the standard for lawyer ratings. For the "AV Preeminent rating," a lawyer's peers rank him for professional excellence, according to a prepared statement. Clark is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was recently named as a Jaworski Fellow at Baylor Law School.


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