Meet Clarence Griffith: 101-Years-Old and D CEO’s Volunteer of the Year

Each Monday, Griffith is at Baylor’s cardiac unit. It has been his routine since 2007, six months after he recovered from a triple bypass and valve replacement at the ripe, young age of 94. He’s 101 now, by the way. And he still drives from a retirement village near White Rock Lake to console the families of patients. Full Story

UTSW Lands $22 Million More in CPRIT Grants To Research Cancer

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas announced the grants on Monday. The majority—$18 million—will go toward recruiting additional faculty. Researchers received $2 million to study a new antibody therapy for treating leukemia; $1.35 million to research liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma; and $1.1 million to study a receptor for anti-cancer immunotherapy. Full Story

CDC: Enterovirus-68 Did Cause Paralysis In 2 North Texas Children

Children’s Health System of Texas officials were awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control regarding whether an 11-year-old boy’s arm became paralyzed because of the illness, which has infected 1,121 people in 47 states since August. He was admitted to Children’s on July 31 and was discharged to a rehabilitation facility in October. His mother told The News he reversed 75 percent of his paralysis. Full Story

Presenting D CEO’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Doug Hawthorne, Founding CEO of Texas Health Resources

In the mid-to-late 1990s, North Texas was expanding in all directions. Residents were living in one community and working in another. Meanwhile, insurance companies were consolidating and growing. It was becoming hard for smaller healthcare systems and independent hospitals to survive. Hawthorne, then CEO of the Presbyterian Healthcare System, saw an opportunity to reshape healthcare delivery regionally. Full Story