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Parkland RN receives Crystal Hope Award for work with HIV/AIDs patients

Monday June 2, 2014
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For more than two decades, Sylvia Moreno, RN, BSN, director of nursing for the HIV department at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, has been on the frontlines of the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Moreno was among three recipients of the 2014 Crystal Hope Award presented by AIDS Interfaith Network of Dallas at its annual Bloomin’ Ball on May 17, according to a news release.

“Presenting the award to Sylvia is recognition of the work she had been doing in this community for more than 27 years,” AIDS Interfaith Network Executive Director Steven Pace said in a news release. “She has been the driving force behind the HIV/AIDS services and care that clients receive at Parkland’s Amelia Court facility. We wanted to celebrate the special relationship we have with Parkland and the great work that Sylvia has done there.”

Moreno said she was honored to be among this year’s recipients. “As a nurse my focus has always been on the protection, optimization of health and alleviation of suffering for this patient population,” she said in the release. “I accepted the many unknown challenges, besides medical care.”

Moreno has seen AIDS evolve from a death sentence to a chronic disease, spurring developments in medical, political and social fields.

“In this epidemic, Parkland has been true to its mission for the citizens of Dallas County and all the counties that make up the North Texas Regional Ryan White HIV service area,” Moreno said in the release. Parkland cares for almost 7,000 HIV patients, and countless others are helped through the Parkland ED.

LGBT + Employee Network Group

Parkland’s LGBT + Employee Network Group, Parkland Pride, served as chair of the Bloomin’ Ball, the first time a group has served in that role. The co-founders and co-chairs of Parkland Pride are Dallas County Hospital District Police Capt. Kristi Tillery; Sam Bowers, director of quality and safety pperations; and senior leadership sponsor Ron Laxton, RN, MSN, DNP, Parkland’s COO and CNO.

“We are here to show our support for all people with HIV/AIDS and to help AIDS Interfaith Network by supporting this event,” Bowers said in the release. “All of Parkland is appreciative of the mission of AIN.”

Parkland’s HIV services

Parkland’s HIV services include five HIV clinics, an HIV prevention program, the Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center, an HIV consumer advisory board, and an HIV research unit operated by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. It also provides support services for families and friends of HIV/AIDS patients.


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