Partnership with UNTHSC and Debbie Rhea honored at HealthCare Heroes

Fort Worth Business presented the 2016 Healthcare Hero awards Wednesday night at the Fort Worth Club. Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s partnership for the new M.D. school was honored with the Vision Award. The HealthCare Heroes Vision Award is given to individuals or institutions that provide a new direction for the future of health care in the North Texas community.

“Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center have a vision for Fort Worth,” said Richard Connor, chairman of the parent company of Fort Worth Business, DRC Media, in presenting the award. “They have entered into a partnership to create a new medical school, granting an M.D. degree, that will be among the leading institutions in the nation providing a team-oriented educational approach that benefits patients and shapes the future practice and business of medicine.”

Professor Debbie Rhea

Professor Debbie Rhea

Debbie Rhea, associate dean of Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences and professor of kinesiology, was honored as a HealthCare Hero for her work to establish the LiiNK Project (Let’s Inspire Innovation ’N Kids), a program that gets students out of the classroom and onto the playground as well as providing character lessons.

“Rhea’s desire to create a healthy environment for all children will pay dividends in the future for these individuals as well as our society,” said Connor.

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