| Abilene Reporter-News
The Texas Economic Development Council recently presented the Development Corporation of Abilene with the 2020 Community Economic Development Award for Community Commitment and Leverage, according to a news release from the DCOA.
The award was made in recognition of the DCOA’s project with Hartmann’s Inc., a precision parts manufacturer based in Abilene which recently expanded into a new manufacturing facility. In the effort to retain and expand Hartmann’s, the DCOA also worked with the Small Business Development Center, First Financial Bank, the City Council of Abilene and the Abilene Industrial Foundation, and also secured a federal grant from the Economic Development Administration.
“Receiving the CEDA award is a testament to the community’s ability to work together,” DCOA board president Jack Rich said in the release. “As the leader in economic development, the DCOA recognizes the key roles that our partnering organizations played in this project. This award belongs to the Abilene community.”
Hendrick Health recognized for patient access technology
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives recently awarded Hendrick Health with the 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired, Level 8 Acute recognition, according a news release from Hendrick.
The honor recognizes healthcare organizations for the use of technology in clinical and business programs. Hendrick is one of 15 hospitals in Texas to receive the honor this year.
“The survey and award highlight our efforts to innovate and improve quality healthcare, including the increase of patient access and analytics to improve care for our patients and their families,” Duane Donaway, director of information systems at Hendrick Health, said in the release.
Area doctor to lead medical ethics board
Monique Spillman, M.D., Ph.D, was recently elected chairwoman of the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for 2020-2020.
Spillman, a gynecologic oncologist who offers services in both Abilene and Dallas, is a partner in the Texas Oncology practice at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
The CEJA investigates general ethical concerns and matters pertaining to relations between physicians and both the public and other physicians. Spillman was a resident and fellow member of the council from 2000-2006, and since 2014 has been an attending physician member. She is currently chairwoman of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Professional Ethics Committee.
Spillman holds M.D./Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical and Graduate Schools, as well as a bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry from University of Texas in Austin. She completed residency at the Harvard Brigham and Women’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program.
The architectural and engineering firm Parkhill recently announced the promotion of Abilene resident Collin Zalesak, AIA, to associate.
Zalesak, who is a member of Parkhill’s Healthcare Sector, is president of the Abilene Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Zalesak has more than 10 years of experience in the industry, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Texas Tech University.
Travel center groundbreaking
MERKEL — A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Iron Horse Travel Center will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at 9405 I-20, at the southeast corner of Exit 270.