Meet the Parkland CEO
Thursday, May 28, 2015
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
West Dallas Multipurpose Center
2828 Fish Trap Rd.
Dallas County Commissioner Elba
Garcia and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo invite you to meet Dr. Fred
Cerise, CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System. This community focused
event will allow you to ask questions, share your concerns, talk about
challenges in your community and provide feedback to help shape the future of
the community's health system. All community members are welcome to this open
click here for flyer in English o en Español
Friday, May 29, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dallas County Health & Human Services
2377 N. Stemmons Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75207
Click Here for Flyer
National HIV Testing Day
1306 N. Beckley Ave.
Dallas, TX 75203
Thursday, June 25, 2015
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday, June 26, 2015
3:00 PM - 7:00PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
In observance of National HIV Testing Day, Dallas County Health & Human Services (DCHHS) will be providing free HIV testing, screening and HIV/AIDS counseling.
Regional Hispanic Contractors Association
Annual Day of the Construction Worker
Travis Spurgin (Center), with Dallas County Road & Bridge District 4, won the Construction Worker of the Year award from the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA). He was nominated for the award by Dr. Elba Garcia and R&B 4 Superintendent Gilbert Aguilar.
Click Here for RHCA Website
Cinco de Mayo 2015
Dr. Elba Garcia celebrated Cinco De Mayo in Grand Prairie, as the Grand Marshall of the Cinco De Mayo parade, and in Irving. See the Gallery below for more pictures!
Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Dr. Garcia congratulated the students who received scholarships for college at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration. The event was organized by the LULAC Youth Council.
April 13, 2015
Dallas Streetcar Ribbon Cutting
The new Dallas Streetcar will begin service this month between Downtown and Oak Cliff. Officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The $51 million streetcar will begin service from Union Station to the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Beckley Avenue. Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia allocated $1,580,000 from District 4 MCIP (Major Capital Improvement Projects) funds toward the project. Click Here for More News
April 12, 2014
Grand Prairie Police Department
Congratulations to our Grand Prairie Police Department youth boxers and coaches on thier accomplishments at the 2015 TNT Boxing Tournament in Duncanville! There were 3 first place finishes, 3 Runner-up, and a 1st Place Team Trophy! Click Here for more information about GPPD Youth Boxing
Check out the Virtual Tour of the New Parkland Hospital
March 30, 2015
New Parkland Hospital Dedicated
Dr. Elba Garcia joined other elected and hospital officials at the dedication ceremony for the new Parkland Hospital. The new $1.3 billion hospital will not open to patients until August 20th. This past Sunday, the hospital and other Dallas landmarks were illuminated with purple light in celebration of the new hospital's dedication. Sheriff Lupe Valdez highlighted Parkland's role as the indigent care hospital for the county, citing efforts to improve overall patient services. Earlier this month, Parkland was recognized by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association for the "display of leadership, innovation and diversity in the administration and management of its construction related projects.(link)" The MWBE participation goal for the new Parkland project had been 35 percent, 38 percent was achieved. There will be an opportunity for the public to see the new hospital at an open house on Saturday, April 11th. Click here for Dallas Morning News article and WFAA (ABC, 8) coverage.
March 4, 2015
LETOT GIRLS' CENTER
Letot Girls' Center in NW Dallas Aims to Make Abused Girls "Whole Again"
Dallas County officials joined private & non-profit donors to celebrate the completion of the new Letot Girls' Residential Treatment Facility in NW Dallas. The Letot Girls' Center mission is to empower neglected & exploited girls aged 13-17 to be productive, caring & responsible citizens by providing them a safe environment for long-term residential, gender-responsive treatment involving their families & supported by community partners. The $9.4 million, 55,000 sq. ft. facility was funded through private donations, but will be transferred to & run by the Dallas County Juvenile Department. Dallas County will provide public funding for the $2.25 million annual operating budget. The Dallas Women's Foundation pledged an additional $500,000 for three years to pay for specialized programming that will provide long-term benefits to clients. Click Here For More Information about the New Facility
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February 13, 2015
I Stand For Parkland Campaign to Help Fund Dallas County's New Hospital Reaches $150 Million Goal
A surprise announcement marked the final milestone in the $150 million fundraising campaign led by Parkland Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Parkland Health & Hospital System. The public-private funding initiative, one of the largest of its kind for a public hospital in the U.S., engaged the entire Dallas community in contributing to the cost of building Parkland's $1.32 billion new hospital that will open its doors to patients in August.... Read More
February 11, 2015
Changes Coming to Vehicle Registration & Inspection In Texas
Beginning March 1, 2015, Texas will began the "Two Steps, One Sticker" vehicle
inspection and registration program. Texas registered vehicles will no longer be
issued an inspection sticker at the time of inspection. The registration sticker
will serve as combined proof of inspection and registration. Texan's
will still need to have their vehicles inspected.
During the first year of the "Two Step, One
Sticker" program, from March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016, a Texas
registered vehicle may be renewed if the vehicle has a currently passing
inspection. However, if the vehicle's inspection and registration stickers
already expire in the same month, the vehicle will need to pass inspection prior
to registration renewal.
Additional information regarding the "Two Step, One Sticker" program can
be found at: www.twostepsonesticker.com
February 10, 2015
Measles, Influenza & Chikungunya Virus Update
February 10th Influenza Virus Update
February 10, 2015
"Ebola Warriors" Recognized in Commissioners Court
as Dallas Morning News' Texans of the Year
Check out the article in the Dallas Morning News
January 29, 2015
Dr. Elba Garcia spoke at the Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce January Membership Luncheon last week at the Grand Prairie Parent Involvement Center. She gave a presentation about all of the services that Dallas County provides and other efforts that are currently underway. She was joined at the luncheon by Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen, Dallas County Constable Roy Williams Jr. and Grand Prairie Independent School District Vice President Burke Hall.
January 29, 2015
Dr. Elba Garcia Joined Tax Assessor/Collector John Ames and Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Monica Alonzo at a community meeting in West Dallas to provide information and answer questions about property taxes. There are a number of tax-delinquent properties throughout Dallas County. These community forums provide valuable information for preventing and clearing up any delinquencies. If you would like more information about property taxes please contact Tax Assessor/Collector John Ames office at (214) 653-7811.
January 29, 2015
Dr. Elba Garcia attended the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2015 Board Installation Ceremony. Commissioner Garcia also swore in the new board members earlier this week.
New Parkland Hospital to Open August 20th
Move of More Than 500 Patients Will Take Place Over 3 Days
The new Parkland hospital will officially open its doors to the 2.1-million-square-foot facility to patients on Thursday, Aug. 20. The state-of-the-art 862-bed, 17-story structure will replace the aging Parkland Memorial Hospital that opened in 1954. The latest healing concepts, quality and safety design features have been incorporated into the all-digital acute-care facility making it a premier health care setting for Dallas County residents.
The transition of patients to the new facility will occur over a three-day period, beginning on Thursday, Aug. 20, and concluding Saturday, Aug. 22. Current forecasting projects that more than 500 patients will be moved from the current hospital to the new Parkland.
“The decision to transition patients over the course of three days is based entirely on the safety and well-being of our patients and their families,” said Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, Parkland’s President & CEO. “Our top priority is to ensure the absolute safety of all in our care as we make the move across Harry Hines into the new Parkland hospital.”
Every patient will be tracked as he or she moves across the sky bridge into the new facility. Several safety checkpoints will be in place for providers to assess our patients’ welfare during the physical transport.
“The next seven months are going to be an incredibly exciting, fast-paced time as we ready ourselves for the next chapter of caring for our patients,” Dr. Cerise added. “We must seize every opportunity to review and improve delivery of care, access to services and service excellence. Since 1894, Parkland has served at the very heart of Dallas County’s health care community. We are building upon this great legacy for those we serve.”
For more information on the new Parkland hospital, visit www.parklandhospital.com
December 10, 2014
Dr. Elba Garcia's
4th Annual Contributions Ceremony
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia presented donation checks to 20 DFW area non-profit organizations in fulfillment of a promise she made to donate a portion of her salary each year. Click Here for Press Release
Dallas County Health & Human Services
Weatherization Assitance Porgram
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides assistance to income eligible households by weatherizing their homes, conserving energy and reducing high utility costs in the process. Interested Dallas County Residents must complete an application and submit necessary documentation to determine eligibility. Applications can be picked up at the DCHHS central office or can be downloaded online at DallasCounty.org/hhs. Priority is given to qualifying elderly, persons with disabilities and families with children. People who receive Social Security Income or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are automatically eligible.
- Weather Stripping
- Door & Window Repair/Replacement
- Solar Screen Installation
- Heating/Cooling Unit Repair/Retrofitting
- Duct Work
Joint DWI Press Conference 2014
Dallas County & Tarrant County
On Wednesday, November 12th Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen, Grand Prairie Mayor Jennings, Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye, Dallas, Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Hector Garza, Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Dallas Exec. Dir. Jason Derscheied, DWI victim Tonya Winchester and representatives from local law enforcement agencies and community organizations from across the DFW Metroplex gathered to outline efforts to increase awareness and reduce DWI during the holiday season and demonstrate the financial, legal and personal costs of DWI. Families and others who have been victims of DWI discussed the impact that DWI has had on their lives. This press conference was hosted by the Grand Prairie Police Department.
Dallas Morning News Article
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For More Information about the DWI Task force please gor to our Facebook Page: Dallas County DWI Taskforce.
November 11, 2014
Ebola Virus Update
Please Click Links for Infromation:
Ebola Lessons Learned
Frequently Asked Questions (ENGLISH)
Preguntas Frecuentes (ESPAÑOL)
October 13, 2014
Regional Transportation Comittee Awards Two Projects in Distrcit 4
Bicycle and pedestrian projects across 25 cities and seven counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area received a $38.2 million boost from the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) on Thursday.
The RTC allocated the funding to 33 projects as part of its Transportation Alternatives Program project selection. With local entities contributing more than $40 million toward the projects, over $78 million will be invested in active transportation enhancements as a result of the funding awards, improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Hunt, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties.
More than 46 miles of sidewalks, trails and on-street bikeways will be constructed, as well as several projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety near schools. The projects also include significant regional trails providing connections between cities and access to transit stations and major employment centers.
The following projects are among the improvements funded in District 4:
- 4.7-mile extension of the Dallas Trinity Skyline Trail to connect with the Campion Trail in Irving
- 2.25-mile trail connection along Delaware Creek in Irving
October 9, 2014
SPCA Offers Spaying & Neutering
SPCA of Texas Announces "Fix 'Em Dallas County" Program for Dallas County Residents
The SPCA of Texas launches Fix 'Em Dallas County thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities. The program will offer discounted spay and neuter surgeries for pets of Dallas County residents begining October 9th . To make an appointment, Dallas County residents can call (214) 742-SPCA (7722). Click Here for more information.
District 4 Newsletter
Click here for PDF Version in ENGLISH or ESPAÑOL
September, 23, 2014
CPS Visitation Room Project Recognized with Dallas County Commissioners Court Resolution
On Tuesday, September 24th, the CPS Visitation Room Project was recognized in Dallas County Commissioners Court. The Texas Department of Family Protective Services (CPS) Visitation Room Project updated, painted, and decorated visitation rooms for children and families in the CPS system. The Dallas County Child Welfare Board worked with CPS staff to raise funds, gather volunteers & donors, and promote & coordinate the project. Commissioner Garcia sponsored the resolution that gathered the support of each of her colleagues. Click below for more information.
Please Click Here for Resolution
Please Click Here for Project Presentation
FY 2015 Dallas County Budget
Parkland FY2015 Preliminary Budget
Senior Parkland Officials visited Dallas County Commissioners Court to outline a preliminary 2015 Budget. There is a 1% increase for the FY 2015 Parkland budget that was apporved by Dallas County voters in the 2008 Bond Package for the new Parkland Hospital. Click This Link To See The Parkland FY2015 Preliminary Budget Presentation.
Click Here to see the Approved FY2015 Dallas County Budget
August 14, 2014
Dr. Garcia Interview on ICTN
Irving Community Television Network
Click Here For Link
August 14, 2014
Texas Rangers Recognize Dr. Garcia
On Wednesday Dr. Garcia was presented the Heroe En La Comunidad Award by the Texas Rangers. The Heroe En La Comunidad Award is presented to Latino Leaders who show commitment to the community. In addition to being honored before the game, the rangers will donate $500 to a community organization of her choice. Dr. Garcia chose to support DFW International Alliance.
August 12, 2014
Keep Irving Beautiful Recognizes
Dr. Garcia with Green Government Award
On Monday, August 11th Commissioner Garcia was recognized by Keep Irving Beautiful. She was given the Green Government Award. The Green Government Award is designated to recognize outstanding contributions to the Irving environment by governmental entities. Commissioner Garcia has worked hard to expand the Dallas County trail system throughout the County and was recognized specifically for her work to expand the Campion Trail and Lone Star Connection linking Irving and Grand Prairie.
May 20, 2014
Elder Financial Safety Center Announced
Dallas County Commissioners Court celebrated the creation of an Elder Financial Safety Center. The center was made possible by a generous $3.9 million grant from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at the Communities Foundation of Texas and is a collaboration between the Senior Source, Dallas County Probate Courts and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. Financial Safety for older adults affects housing, health choices, transportation, property crime, fraud and exploitation. The collaboration is aimed to secure the financial security of older adults by focusing on prevention, protection, and prosecution. Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia was pleased to sponsor the resolution. Please click here to see the Resolution. For more information about the program visit The Senior Source website.
May 2, 2014
Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Program
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia joined Chief Dye in congratulating youth champions from the Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Program. This year there were 8 champions that competed in 3 tournaments. The Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Program was developed under the vision and leadership of Police Chief Steve Dye and the program is aimed to provide youth mentorship and activities that stimulate youth to become productive community members. For More information about the Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Programs please Click Here.
April 30, 2014
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia and the Dallas County Commissioners Court recognized Gloria Campos for her contributions to the community and congratulated her on her retirement as a WFAA reporter. Gloria Campos was presented with a resolution and an award. Please Click here to see a PDF of the Resolution.
Community Dental Center Opening
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, Community Dental Care, and Grand Prairie City Officials celebrated the grand opening of the Grand Prairie Community Dental Clinic. The clinic is located inside of Parkland E. Carlyle Smith Jr. Health Center and will provide a variety of dental services. For more information about Community Dental Care visit www.communitydentalcare.org or call (214) 630-7080 about services and appointments.
Click Here for Press Release
April 22, 2014
National Infant Immunization Week
On Tuesday, April 22nd in Dallas County Commissioners Court, Dr. Elba Garcia sponsored a resolution recognizing Dallas County Health & Human Services' (DCHHS) efforts during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). NIIW lasts from April 26, 2014 to May 3, 2014 and focuses attention on the importance of timely immunizations for infants & toddlers 2 years and younger. NIIW calls upon parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to participate in activities that increase the awareness of immunizing children. DCHHS has demonstrated that awareness and persistent efforts to increase access to immunizations can make a difference, as confirmed by increased immunization rates county-wide. For more information on immunization please click the links below.
Dallas County NIIW Resolution
DCHHS Vaccination Newsletter (ENG/ESP)
Pertussis Fact-Sheet (ENG/ESP)
DCHHS Immunization Clinics
March 24, 2014
Red Oak Creek Trail In Cedar Hill
The three-mile Red Oak Creek Trail connects several schools, neighborhoods and city parks and recreational facilities. RoeschCo Construction built the trail at a cost of $2.4 million. The trail features several entry points, one of which is on East Parkerville near U.S. Highway 67. It also includes a 125-foot steel bridge, stone retaining walls and five rest areas with stone seating.
There is another Dallas County trail in the works for Oak Cliff. Dallas County Commissioners last week OK’d $3.7 million to help build the Chalk Hill Trail, approving an agreement with the city of Dallas to develop the four-mile corridor in west Oak Cliff. The trail, long a focus for County Commissioner Elba Garcia, would follow an abandoned railroad line north from DART’s Westmoreland Station to around the intersection of West Davis Street and Chalk Hill Road. Click Here for more information about Chalk Hill Trail.
March 21, 2014
Jefferson Blvd. Repairs in Cockrell Hill
Dallas County Road & Bridge 4 crews have completed milling and overlay (resurfacing) work on Jefferson Boulevard in Cockrell Hill. The project is on Jefferson Blvd from the intersection at Cockrell Hill Road to the western city limits and on the east end of Jefferson Blvd. from just east of the intersection at Gilpin to the intersection at Burns. This work, along with the new curbs and gutters near Gilpin, are a dramatic improvement to this stretch of Jefferson Blvd. in Cockrell Hill. Total project was about 2260 linear feet. Click Picture below to enlarge.
February 21, 2014
Replacement Housing Program
Another Replacement Home
In Cockrell Hill
The federally-funded Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) allocated to Dallas County support the County's Replacement Housing Program. The Replacement Housing Program demolishes substandard
low/moderate income owner-occupied housing that is too dilapidated to be
economically repaired and replaces it with a new 1,000-square-foot home.
This week, Commissioner Elba Garcia was happy to welcome the home owners to their new home. Thanks to this program, another family in Cockrell Hill is benefiting. This
program is only operated in a few of the County's smaller cities (under 50K Population). For more
information about this program, please call (214) 653-6884.
CDBG Home Replacement Program
- You Must live in a city under 50,000 population (Some municipalities that meet this requirement have opted out)
- Low to Moderate Income Criteria
- You must Own the Home, be Up-To-Date with Taxes & no Liens
- House Too Dilapidated to be Economically Repaired
- Have to have lived in the home for the last 5 years
Adelfa Botello Callejo
1923 - 2014
Dr. Elba Garcia & Dallas County Commissioner Court
Honor the Life and Legacy of Civil Rights Leader
On Tuesday, January 28th Dr. Elba Garcia and Dallas County Commissioners Court passed a resolution honoring the life and legacy of the legendary Dallas civil rights leader and lawyer Adelfa Botello Callejo. Flags at Dallas County facitities will be flown at half staff on Thursday, January 29, 2013. To see a PDF version of the Resolution Click Here
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