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Denton County Physician Receives Award From Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation

DENTON, Texas — Paul Whatley, MD, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, was recently honored at the annual Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Luncheon. During the event, Whatley was given the only Physician of the Year award, while ten individuals were recognized as winners of the Employee of the Year awards. The honorees were selected from a pool of 48 area hospitals.

Stan Morton and Paul Whatley
Stan C. Morton, president of Texas Health Denton, presents Paul Whatley, MD (left), with the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Physician Award.

“Dr. Whatley is a shining example of a young physician who has made a commitment to be a part of his community and to support and exhibit the values that are important to him — family, compassion, selflessness, kindness, and integrity,” said Stan C. Morton, president of Texas Health Denton.

Whatley joined the medical staff at Texas Health Denton in 2008. With a drive to give back and a deep love of athletics and student athletes, he sought opportunities to support the local athletic community. He quickly found his niche as the team orthopedist for Texas Woman’s University and is the team physician for Sanger High School and North Central Texas College.

Whatley volunteers his time for Saturday morning injury screenings during football season and has joined the Board of Directors for the Fred Moore Day Nursery School. The school is a United Way agency that provides curriculum that allows children to learn while they play, guidance and understanding focusing on the child’s need and three nutritious meals. The agency also provides infant and pre-school day care to children from low-income families between 6 weeks and 5 years old.

Board members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association judged the nominations with the names of individuals and hospitals removed. Board members based their selection on the facts presented.

Stan C. Morton
Stan C. Morton, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, served as master of ceremonies of the 15th Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Luncheon on April 26 at the Irving Convention Center.

“This event is an opportunity to honor the positive spirit and tireless efforts of those who allow our hospitals to function smoothly,” said Kristin Jenkins, president of the DFWHC Foundation. “Selection criterion for the Physician of the Year award includes the nominee’s level of compassion for those in need and demonstrated commitment to community service. Dr. Whatley knocked it out of the park on each of these qualifiers.”

The DFWHC Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission to continually improve the community’s health by promoting safe, high quality, cost effective, accessible and equitable healthcare and by strengthening the healthcare workforce through education, research and collaboration.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has nearly 1,000 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties.

Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center and an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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