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I was admitted to this hospital in January 2019! I want to thank the loving, supportive, caring, competent staff for tending to my every needs! I had panic attacks then kept blacking out while driving and had a small accident. The Dallas first responders (PD & Fire) were like angels that took care of me. While at the nurses station, I kept oscillating between awareness and unconsciousness and collapsing to the floor. Then, they rendered me with 24 hour TLC and even a psychiatrist and her apprentices visited me to inquire about my condition the next day...I also appreciated the top floor unit which faced Love Field where I work at! I was discharged 24 hours later. However, the scary incident forced me to finally get some treatment for my mental disorders which I eventually discovered were mild autism & dissociative fugue disorder. You are all true disciples for GOD...thank you, and bless you all Parkland Hospital staff and Dallas Fire & PD...BTW, my best friend who works in the medical field wants to move to Dallas so I will urge him to apply to this wonderful hospital!!
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I been a patient with Parkland for off and on for 10 years. I have received good care over the years but I can't seem to understand why its so difficult to get a doctor to treat your illness. I went to the ER a month ago. The ER doc didnt really offer much for treatment. Just a referral to ARC. I was informed this is where I will get this treated finally. I spent 2 hours at the clinic just to get discharged for a condition I didn't come for. Got a referral to a clinic that denied my referrall instantaneously when it was submitted. Primary Care Referral states that I can't get in until middle of next year. Beyond frustrated.
So my brother went to Parkland hospital last night with big sores on him and they are even bigger today. I cant believe they sent him home like it was no big deal
So my son was in a horrible accident 3 weeks ago. We have spent many hours at Parkland. The employees are great. You are not allowed to get food our drink in any of their clinics and he goes to several. No pain medication is provided to him with 9 fricking fractures. He has braces from head to toe. No wheelchair available for his many moves from floor to floor. The best part of all is the staff have not been covid tested.
Thank you so so much for taking care of my nephew during this pandemic! The Zoom call to let me know his status meant so much! I’m so grateful! It means so much
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Who do i need to speak to about being wrongly billed since 2016...ive spoken to several people and written several letters and im tired of the harrassment

This is the Official Parkland Health page. Our vital work in caring for patients, preventing disease Thank you for visiting the official Parkland page.

We're here to communicate with our patients, potential patients, employees, retirees, stakeholders and all others who are interested in the hospital system’s news. Parkland was founded on May 19, 1894 at the intersection of Maple and Oak Lawn Avenues. Today, Parkland continues to be a safety net provider of care while serving the larger Dallas County as a Level I Trauma Center and as a regional bu

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Parkland is giving flu shots all January long at Moody Outpatient Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Flu shots will be located in the 2nd-floor waiting area by Internal Medicine 2E.

4-2_Human Side of Health Care - January 8, 2023 01/20/2023

4-2_Human Side of Health Care - January 8, 2023

Although not always an easy discussion to have, Parkland experts recommend family members set aside time to discuss advance directives. Krister White, M. Div., ACPE Certified Educator and Director of Spiritual Care at Parkland was a guest on NewsRadio 1080 KRLD AM and explained the benefits of planning these documents ahead of time so patients can get the medical care they want during moments of crisis.

4-2_Human Side of Health Care - January 8, 2023 Fourth year, Episode 2 of the DFW Hospital Council's radio program "The Human Side of Health Care" on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. CDT on KRLD 1080 AM....


We are excited to announce Parkland’s redesignation as a Pathway to Excellence organization from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Parkland’s nurses were honored with the initial four-year designation in July of 2018 and earned redesignation through a series of accomplishments including a successful nursing survey that was administered to over 3,800 Parkland nurses at all levels. The designation substantiates nursing job satisfaction at Parkland and identifies it as one of the best places to work. In addition, organizations that are Pathway designated ultimately achieve better patient, staff and organizational outcomes, according to the ANCC. This designation is welcomed as Parkland navigated the pandemic that challenged and reinvented the way we view care across the health system. “The Pathway to Excellence redesignation has been an amazing validation for Parkland nursing and the quality nursing care provided to our patients. I am very excited about our redesignation and what our future holds,” said Donna Richardson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at Parkland. Congratulations to our nursing team for their incredible work to care for our communities across Dallas County.


Join us TOMORROW at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for free HIV testing. We will be in classrooms 1 and 2. Rapid test results come back within a minute and results are delivered confidentially.


Parkland honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an influential American, civil rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Take today as an opportunity to remember Dr. King, a key symbol of our country’s hopes and dreams and take action to create Dr. King’s “Beloved Community” in which everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger and hate.

Health leaders urge people to be mindful around crowds as illnesses spread 01/13/2023

Health leaders urge people to be mindful around crowds as illnesses spread

After the holidays comes an increase in positive cases of respiratory illnesses due to all of the large gatherings and also, a new COVID variant. Joseph Chang, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Parkland spoke with CBS DFW and gave an overview of the state of COVID. Thank you Nick Starling for the interview!

Health leaders urge people to be mindful around crowds as illnesses spread COVID-19, influenza, RSV, and even an increase in strep throat cases are making many North Texans sick right now.


High blood pressure (also referred to as hypertension) is when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high.

Hypertension is often called a “silent” disease because many people with high blood pressure have no symptoms from it, and many people with hypertension don’t even know they have it. Even without symptoms, high blood pressure increases someone’s risk of heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, eye disease and kidney disease.

According to the CDC only 1 in 4 people with hypertension have
their condition under control.

Here are some simple ways to prevent and manage hypertension:
- Eat healthy food: try a diet low in fat and sodium.
- Get in 30 minutes of movement 5 times a week.
- Remove objects of stress in your life.
- Quit smoking.

The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get screened. Visit us at any of our pop-ups to get screened today.

Texas: Recursos y tratamientos para el VIH 01/11/2023

Texas: Recursos y tratamientos para el VIH

In Dallas County, there are more than 18,000 residents living with HIV and over 800 people are newly diagnosed with HIV per year, according to data from the Dallas County Health and Human Services. Onel Martinez, DO, HIV Fellow at Parkland and UT Southwestern Medical Center shared the importance of getting tested at least once in your lifetime for HIV. Thank you Telemundo 39

Texas: Recursos y tratamientos para el VIH Texas es el segundo estado con la mayor cantidad de nuevos diagnósticos

Photos from Parkland Health's post 01/10/2023

, New You!
Parkland's Access to Care & Coverage Program is making it easier for you to get connected to healthcare services, screenings and coverage so you can live a healthy, vibrant life. Visit any one of our numerous community pop-ups near you!


Today, January 9th, is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Today and every day, we are grateful for the men and women of the Dallas County Hospital District Police Department who faithfully protect our patients, their families and our staff.


Parkland is hosting a flu drive this month at Moody Outpatient Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Flu shots will be located in the 2nd-floor waiting area by Internal Medicine 2E.

'Why leave a good thing?': Dallas Parkland Hospital employee celebrates 50 years 01/06/2023

'Why leave a good thing?': Dallas Parkland Hospital employee celebrates 50 years

50 years at Parkland and counting! Meet Glenda Redd, a radiology educator, who celebrated an incredible milestone and shared her years of success with WFAA. Glenda said, “Why leave a good thing?” Thank you Jobin Panicker WFAA for spotlighting one of Parkland's unsung heroes!

'Why leave a good thing?': Dallas Parkland Hospital employee celebrates 50 years Glenda Redd works in the radiology department at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.


This year, make a New Year's resolution to quit smoking for good and start living a healthier life. Parkland’s Smoking Cessation Clinic offers weekly support classes, 1-on-1 consultations and behavioral counseling services. Your provider will work with you to develop a personalized quitting plan.
If you are ready to be smoke-free, call Parkland's Smoking Cessation Clinic at 214-590-5691 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays. A referral is not required. Learn more at


It’s Walk-In Wednesday! Getting a shot is now more important than ever to protect yourself and your loved ones. Parkland offers flu shots at no cost to you during Walk-In Wednesday at our community clinics. For more information visit


Did you know January is Thyroid Awareness Month? The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland in the lower front of the neck. The thyroid makes hormones, which control the body’s metabolism, increases heart rate and affects how fast things move through the body such as food, bone loss and sugar. According to the American Thyroid Association, up to 60% of people with a thyroid problem may not be aware of what’s causing their symptoms. Common symptoms include:

• Weight loss or gain
• Palpitations
• Feeling anxious or jittery
• Increased sweating
• Feeling hot or cold
• Trouble sleeping
• Constipation
• Depression
• Fatigue (feeling very tired)
• Hair Loss
• Dry skin and hair

Talk to your provider today if you are experiencing any symptoms.


Happy New Year! Parkland wishes you and your loved ones a happy and healthy New Year.


New Years Safety Tips

Parkland wishes you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season and a ! We hope you keep these safety tips in mind as you ring in the new year.

• Always light sparklers one at a time and, preferably, wear gloves. Show children how to hold sparklers: away from their body and at arm’s length.
• Use candles with caution, make sure children are not near open flames and use battery-operated candles if possible.
• Have a plan in place for weather advisories. Watch for weather alerts and download a weather app on your phone to keep track. Though a white Christmas is rare in Dallas, we’ve learned in years past that freeze warnings can happen. Prepare your home, family and pets in the event of freezing temperatures.
• Practice kitchen safety. Check the expiration date on smoke alarms and fire extinguishers and make sure everyone in the home knows how to put out a fire either using baking soda or a fire extinguisher.
• Travel safely. Share your travel plans with family or friends and always have a sober ride.


The start of a new year is great time to set health goals that will help you live your most vibrant life. New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t be intimidating or hard to reach. Here are some tips for success:
Be realistic
• Decide on a resolution that you can achieve and is important to you, not to others.
• Don’t reach for extreme goals, especially if you are starting your health journey. Setting several small goals is more effective than setting one big goal.
Stay positive
• How you speak to yourself has a big impact on your motivation and mental health.
• Give yourself positive reinforcement when you complete a goal instead of talking negatively to yourself when you are struggling.
Don’t give up
• Slip-ups happen and rest is important. You can always start back up where you left off.



It’s Walk-In Wednesday! Getting a shot is now more important than ever, especially to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the holidays. Parkland offers flu shots at no cost to you during Walk-In Wednesday at our community clinics. Visit the link times and locations:

Not getting enough sleep? That might lead to junk food cravings 12/26/2022

Not getting enough sleep? That might lead to junk food cravings

Ever wonder if your food cravings could be linked to your quality of sleep? Melissa Mendez, Registered Dietitian at Parkland Health explained the correlation and healthy food choices for your overall health. Thank you Sam Baker and KERA for having us!

Not getting enough sleep? That might lead to junk food cravings We know too little sleep can cause fatigue. But a recent study found it also can adversely affect hormones that usually help you control hunger. Parkland Hospital dietitian Melissa Mendez explains how to KERA’s Sam Baker.


Parkland wishes you a healthy and happy holiday! A special thanks to our staff working to provide care while being away from their family and friends. We appreciate you more than you will ever know.

Photos from Parkland Health's post 12/24/2022

Santa took time out from packing his sleigh to visit patients in Parkland’s Regional Burn Center on Friday. His jolly ole self brought along the center’s staff and their families to help spread holiday cheer.

Photos from Parkland Health's post 12/23/2022

Santa made a special stop at Parkland! The NICU Child Life Department at Parkland Health partnered with Santa and his elf, Twinkle, to bring some holiday joy to our NICU families. Our babies got to meet Santa for the first time and have their photos taken!

Photos from Parkland Health's post 12/23/2022

‘Tis the season of giving! Our Parkland Clinical Services Division staff recently dropped off boxes of supplies at South Oak Cliff High School. The Principal, Dr. Johnson, took some time to explain to us how the supplies will positively impact the students and teachers. We even received a tour of their resource pantry where the items will be stored. Fun fact: the reason you see the #1 being held up is that SOCHS just won the National Football Championship again bringing home yet another title! Congratulations to all!

‘Holiday Blue’: te explicamos cómo lidiar con la depresión y la ansiedad durante las fiestas 12/23/2022

‘Holiday Blue’: te explicamos cómo lidiar con la depresión y la ansiedad durante las fiestas

The holiday season can bring feelings of stress, anxiety or depression. Carolina Peña, Mental Health Counselor at Parkland Health shares valuable advice on how to deal with those feelings and make them more manageable. Thank you Noticias 23 Laura Cruces TV for the interview!

‘Holiday Blue’: te explicamos cómo lidiar con la depresión y la ansiedad durante las fiestas La tristeza, depresión o ansiedad, son emociones que se generan durante las celebraciones de fin de año y se les conoce como ‘Holiday Blue’. Según una encues...

CDC pide usar la mascarilla nuevamente esta semana 12/22/2022

CDC pide usar la mascarilla nuevamente esta semana

cases continue to pop up and there are ways to strengthen the immune system during these cold months to help you avoid getting sick. Sergio Cortes, Registered Dietitian at Parkland Health shared these tips with Syrmarie Villalobos
on Telemundo 39.

CDC pide usar la mascarilla nuevamente esta semana Esta semana es la jornada nacional de la vacunación contra la influenza y los especialistas piden hacer este esfuerzo.

Ask the Expert: What are seasonal sinuses? 12/21/2022

Ask the Expert: What are seasonal sinuses?

Have a cough, stuffy nose, or body aches? Could your symptoms be signaling that you may have a cold? The flu? COVID? Or just seasonal sinuses? Dr. Ashleigh Halderman with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Parkland Health and Assistant Professor of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center breaks down the similarities and key differences between each one. Thank you NewsRadio 1080 KRLD AM for having us on!

Ask the Expert: What are seasonal sinuses? Is it the flu?… a cold?… or just annoying sinuses? This time of year and the constant change of weather is wreaking havoc on allergy sufferers.


Meet Christopher Doan, a former Parkland Workforce Development Program Intern. Doan is now proudly attending medical school and says his experience at Parkland was integral to his undergrad experience, gaining different professional perspectives and eye-opening experiences.

Through his internship at Parkland, Doan participated in quality improvement projects within the hospital system where he had the opportunity to get involved with clinical research, which helped expand his perspective on healthcare.

“It exposed me to community health, public health and how to do research for public health. All of my activities and research in medical school are related to community health-focused and I think that is going to be important for the rest of my career. That experience at Parkland has laid that foundation,” said Doan.

The Parkland Workforce Development Internship Program provides a unique environment for students to learn and gain real-life experience.

“This is a great opportunity to get really good mentorship and experience. Exposing yourself to these different roles in healthcare gives you perspective on those different roles and that information helps you make a more educated decision on what you want to do in the future with your career,” said Doan.

Applications for the Parkland Workforce Development Internship Program are now open and close on February 15, 2023!

Workforce Development’s purpose is to cultivate partnerships, provide guidance and promote opportunities for residents in Dallas and surrounding counties to access entry-level healthcare career opportunities while increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Dallas County healthcare workforce.

For more information on our college internship program, visit:
For more information on our high school internship program, visit:


Did you know that beyond button batteries, numerous hazards can put a damper on holiday festivities? Family pets can be as curious as children when it comes to decorations, food and visitors. Follow the North Texas Poison Control Center, located at Parkland, for a series on Holiday Poison Safety. Their team will highlight the most common poisons for the holiday season. Learn more here:


Parkland was recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as a top North Texas hospital for maternity care in 2022.
The report surveyed 650 hospitals across the country to determine the top hospital. Factors like C-section rates in lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, breast milk feeding, and early elective delivery rates all impact recognition. Hospitals were also recognized for their recorded data about outcomes based on race and ethnicity.
“Parkland hospital delivers 12,000 babies a year, one of the highest rates in the country, and many of its patients are uninsured. Despite the obstacles, 97% of patients who deliver at Parkland receive prenatal care,” according to Marjorie Quint-Bouzid, Parkland's senior vice president for Women and Infant’s Specialty Health.


Happy Holidays from Parkland Health!

Happy Holiday from Parkland Health! We hope everyone is staying well and safe.💜

News & Updates | Parkland Health 12/17/2022

News & Updates | Parkland Health

While cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., Parkland Health experts emphasize small lifestyle changes can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Learn more:

News & Updates | Parkland Health Small lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of heart disease Look at your clenched fist. For the next minute open and close your fist between 60 and 100 times. That’s a simplistic way to replicate the size and workload of an adult heart – and why keeping it healthy should be everyone’s job to...


There is endless information when it comes to the flu. We answered your most common flu questions:

Can you get the flu from the flu shot?
Flu shots do not contain live flu viruses, so you cannot get flu from a flu shot.

Is the flu shot dangerous? What are the side effects?
Common side effects are soreness, redness, swelling where the shot was given, headache (low grade), fever and muscle aches. However, side effects of the flu are not frequent, in one study there was only a 5% chance of side effects from the flu shot.

The flu is common and not dangerous, why do I need a flu shot?
According to the CDC’s weekly flu index, as of December 2022, 53,000 people have been hospitalized and 2,900 people have died from the flu, including 12 children.

To learn more about the flu visit

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