The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth has made history with the opening of the first immersive virtual reality simulation center in Texas.
The Regional Simulation Center uses cutting-edge immersive virtual reality technology, in addition to lifelike simulation mannequins, multi-functional spaces and more traditional virtual reality. The center’s technology can replicate virtually any health care scenario across multiple disciplines and has uses for both medical students needing to learn new procedures in a low-risk environment and seasoned health care providers looking to hone their skills or acquire new ones.
“The opening of HSC’s new Regional Simulation Center is truly exciting as it is the first immersive virtual reality simulation center in the State of Texas,” said Dr. Michael R. Williams, chancellor of the UNT System and HSC president. “The cutting-edge technology will allow our students and health care providers to practice and learn new skills in the most realistic of environments. This will ultimately benefit patients and increase patient safety.”
The $6.75 million facility is in renovated space on the first floor of HSC’s Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library, 955 Montgomery St. The new center is also open for training for hospital residency programs, emergency medical service providers, hospital personnel, nursing home staffers, clinical teams, first responders and more.
“This is an incredibly exciting day for the Health Science Center and Fort Worth,” said Michael Crain, Fort Worth City Council member representing District 3. “The impressive technology here will allow both the current and future generations of health care workers to learn and practice the skills they need to improve the overall quality of care in Fort Worth. This is a win for our city.”
The center is set to deliver comprehensive health care simulation with techniques drawn from multiple disciplines and customized to the level and background of each learner. The lab’s fully immersive virtual reality projection component uses cutting-edge 360-degree cameras that allow staff to transport students into on-the-job scenarios.
“HSC’s Regional Simulation Center will not only improve health care outcomes and patient safety, but this state-of-the-art facility will also act as a beacon to potential medical school students, tech companies and other entrepreneurs,” said Leonard Firestone, City Council representative for District 7, which includes HSC’s campus. “The center will let business owners know that Fort Worth embraces new ideas, emerging technologies and is a leader in life sciences entrepreneurship. The economic impact of this center could be a game changer for our city as HSC strengthens its position as a premier health care institute.”
Photo: City Councilmembers Alan Blaylock and Michael Crain were among the dignitaries attending the ribbon cutting at the lab.
The City Council will take its traditional summer break in July, and the next meetings will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2. All city services will continue to be available as usual.
During the break, city staff will continue preparing the proposed city budget for fiscal year 2023. Watch City News for a list of community engagement meetings this summer to learn more about the budget process.
Fort Worth residents now have more time to share their thoughts on the direction of the 2023 city budget. The deadline to submit feedback has been extended through Friday, July 15.
There have already been many valuable and thoughtful ideas that have been shared, but there’s always room for more.
Everyone is encouraged to take a photo of Molly, the city mascot, where you think investments are needed. It can be at a park that needs revitalizing or a street that’s due to be repaved. Download a picture of Molly from the city website. Copies are also available at city community centers and libraries.
You can even join Molly in the photo!
Upload your photo to one of these sites by July 15:
Learn more online.
Fort Worth residents and visitors have a quick and easy way to report issues to the city.
After downloading the MyFW app, users can provide a brief description, photos and use a map-based location feature to submit issues like graffiti, potholes or high grass. Once submitted, the request will go directly to the appropriate city work team for a quick response. The user can view the status of the request in the app and receive a notification when the work is complete.
MyFW also saves time and money by automating many employee tasks. It saves gas and eliminates travel by enabling city staff to instantly upload reports and photo documentation from the worksite. Employees can initiate work orders from their office or in the field.
Download MyFW on the App Store or Google Play.
One year ago today, I stood on a stage alongside my colleagues on the Fort Worth City Council as one of six new faces transforming its makeup, and made an oath to serve this city and its residents as Mayor.
A two-thirds turnover of the governing body and loss of decades of City Council experience in a single election could have been destabilizing, especially in the midst of Fort Worth’s explosive growth, the aftershocks of a global pandemic, and national political and cultural reckonings.
But it is with immense pride that I look back on the last 365 days seeing what we, as a community and as a Council, have been able to accomplish by truly leading with a focus on what unites us rather than what divides us.
And what unites us, above all else, is a focus on the highest quality of life for Fort Worth residents. We understand what we are responsible for as a municipal government: those most basic services that mean the most, simple things like trash and recycling picked up each week, clean water flowing from every faucet, beautiful parks and greenspaces, enriching libraries and community center services, continually updated and expanded roadways, and safe neighborhoods for every resident and family, regardless of ZIP code.
Fort Worth has long been a city of excellence, built by the pioneering spirit of the policymakers who came before us and the everyday leaders who thrive in communities across Fort Worth: visionaries in business, education, philanthropy, and community advocacy. I believe we have only added and expanded on that foundation of civility and compassion, and Fort Worth is better today than it was a year ago.
Despite the turmoil at all levels of government across the United States, Fort Worthians can be proud that their leadership is committed to embracing positive policies and consensus building, perhaps best illustrated by the unanimous, 9-0 vote to adopt a new redistricting map following months of intense, and at times contentious, discussions.
Additionally, voters showed their confidence by approving a $560 million bond program that will nurture our growing city by expanding streets and mobility infrastructure, building or improving numerous park and recreation sites, public libraries, police and fire safety facilities, and acquiring open spaces.
We have implemented exciting, innovative economic development initiatives that will launch dynamic new businesses, like the Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Accelerator. We’ve connected Fort Worth’s underserved communities to financing to help businesses reach their full potential with CDFI Friendly Fort Worth. We’re showing the world that we are open to technologies transforming the financial landscape by launching the City of Fort Worth Bitcoin Mining Pilot Program.
There are so many projects vital to our future which we can be proud of. The Central City Flood Control Project made tremendous moves and the Texas A&M University System downtown urban research campus took its first steps. In addition, to serve our most vulnerable, soon 165 units of permanent supportive housing will allow us to address chronic homelessness in our city.
We’re aggressively investing in the next generation, with efforts to fund early educators, expand childcare infrastructure and bring together the best and brightest thought leaders to direct our future funding with the Blue Ribbon Action Committee on Child Care.
Even as we celebrate the triumphs of the last 12 months, there are still so many challenges ahead.
We are battling a rise in violent crime and the devastating effects of gun violence, with 45 homicides so far this year following 2021 where there were 118 homicide victims, a 27-year record high in Fort Worth. This is unacceptable. Solving these issues will require a multifaceted approach that I shared following the tragedy in Uvalde: leaders advocating for commonsense policies, expanding and funding programs that work, and leading with a simultaneously pro-police and pro-community mindset. I am proud that Fort Worth stands apart from other large cities by having a City Council dedicated to supporting the needs of its police officers. We will not balk on funding, and we will support Chief Noakes’ dedication to implementing best practices that ensure his tenets of safety, wellness and resiliency for both the Police Department and the community it serves.
Our students are struggling to overcome a steep academic slide. In 2021, only 28% of third- to eighth-grade students met grade level on their math and reading exams. Our kids and our teachers deserve more of our attention, and it will take the efforts of school systems, city leadership, and nonprofits pulling together to get students back on track. At the end of the day, regardless of if your child is in a public school, private school, charter school, or homeschool, every student in every ZIP code deserves a high-quality education. Our classrooms must also be setting students up for success in life, which is why I have established the Mayor’s Council on Education & Workforce Development to help enhance educational programs and career pathways in Fort Worth public schools to help prepare students for their future careers, even the ones yet to be invented.
In the coming months, there will continue to be issues coming to City Council that matter deeply to our residents. There will be debate on what is next for growth-related economic development issues and a focus on how to keep taxes low in the face of rising property valuations. Residents continuing to face cost of living increases caused by inflation will need robust, compassionate city services more than ever.
Both one year ago and today, I am confident that we are prepared to address these opportunities and more, coming out stronger.
This time next year, your City Council will be made up of 11 members rather than nine. It will be another shakeup, but it is certainly one we can look to with excitement for what we will be able to do for our growing community.
I want to sincerely thank Fort Worth for the care and support shown to me, my family and my husband over the last year, and for embracing having a mom of young children balancing life and public service. Thank you.
In one year, I look forward to looking back on the Fort Worth that has become even a better version of itself. Our greatest is still yet to come.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas invites guests to visit the Garden with free admission on Sunday, June 19, in honor of the Juneteenth holiday, thanks to R Bank, which made the opportunity accessible for all.
FWBG|BRIT CEO and President Patrick Newman says the opportunity to cultivate community engagement is a priority for the organization.
“Juneteenth is an incredibly important holiday honoring African American history and representing strength, unity and progress,” Newman said. “This day of free admission is dedicated to both reflecting on the past and planning for future growth. The Garden is a place of peace, and during its early summer prime we want to welcome guests to celebrate Juneteenth with loved ones.”
The Garden offers a 120-acre campus filled with 23 specialty gardens, including the popular Japanese Garden with koi-filled pools and dramatic waterfalls, and the iconic Rose Garden, with a terraced ramp featuring paths that wind past colorful flower beds.
R Bank opened its first banking center in the Fort Worth market in March of 2020 and its University Drive branch in December 2021. “We are thankful for this new partnership with R Bank,” Newman said. “Their support and generosity to this organization is extremely helpful to us, and to our great local community.”
The Garden’s summer hours are in effect – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last admission accepted at 5 p.m.
Fort Worth, Texas (May 24, 2022) -- After almost two years, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is returning to its regular open hours. Beginning May 31st, the Museum will return to the six days a week schedule shared by many other museums in the Cultural District.
Hours of Operation
· Monday | Closed
· Tuesday – Saturday | 10 AM – 5 PM
· Sunday | Noon – 5 PM
The Museum closed its doors for several months in 2020 and 2021 in response to guidance from local, state, and federal health officials to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community. In February 2022, the Museum reopened to the public on a limited schedule, Wednesday - Sunday.
This time, the Museum is excited to open new exhibits such as Fort Worth and the Green Book, a brand new Noble Planetariumexperience, and the return of many beloved events, such as Dino Day and iCreate.
“As we stay steadfast to our Mission of lifelong learning, we are excited to expand our hours as the Summer is kicking off." said Orlando Carvalho, interim President of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. "Starting on May 31st we will once again open our doors six days a week. We invite you to come and Rediscover the Museum through our creative, vibrant programs and new exhibits interpreting science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest."
To learn more, visit fwmuseum.org.
The City of Fort Worth has selected their first Chief Communications Officer, Reyne Telles. After a thorough national search, Telles has accepted the position and will officially assume this position on June 6.
In his new position, Telles will oversee the city's Communications & Public Engagement Department, Governmental Relations and Educational Strategies Divisions and the City Manager's administrative staff.
Telles has more than two decades of professional experience and, most recently, was vice president and Public Sector Practice leader with Cooksey Communications. Telles guided Cooksey’s governmental clients through in-depth communications audits, institutional planning and execution of engagement approaches that target and reach key stakeholders.
“Fort Worth’s positive vibe is grounded in the community’s vitality, a collective sense of purpose, rich history and genuine authenticity. I hope to carry forward that authenticity by emphasizing ways the City of Fort Worth uses two-way communication to engage, inform and listen to residents,” Telles said. “It is an exciting and dynamic time in the City of Fort Worth, which makes me even more enthusiastic about the possibilities. I appreciate City Manager David Cooke and the vision to create this new role and look forward to joining the team.”
Prior to Cooksey Communications, Telles spent six years as the executive director of communications and community engagement for the Austin Independent School District, where he led marketing, stakeholder and communications efforts that supported 130 schools and 81,000 students. He managed a department of more than 40 employees, which included a Lone Star Emmy-nominated, 24/7 public access television station, as well as the team responsible for the outreach and messaging behind a successful $1.1 billion bond (the largest in Central Texas history by any public sector entity at the time).
Telles also spent six years with the City of Austin, the 11th-largest municipality in the country, as their media relations manager, where he earned recognition multiple times from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers for Best Media Relations and Best Social Media. He has also served as the director of communications for Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, building an executive-level communications plan and securing an appearance for the mayor on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
In addition to having FEMA-National Incident Management System training and strong Emergency Operations Center experience, he has worked as a political reporter with a CBS affiliate, as a press secretary with the New Mexico Legislature and in nonprofit communications. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from Eastern New Mexico University and his master’s degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
During National Small Business Week, May 2-5, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the kickoff of the 2022 Governor’s Small Business Series to be held in-person in communities around the state, beginning in El Paso on May 5. The series comes to Fort Worth on June 9.
The annual Governor’s Small Business Series connects small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with the resources and information needed to start, strengthen and grow a business.
“Small businesses drive our state’s booming economy,” Abbott said. “Already home to three million small businesses that employ nearly half of the Texas workforce, our state is focused on developing an environment where entrepreneurs have the freedom to aspire, grow and prosper. I look forward to continue working with small businesses and communities in every region of the state to ensure they have the tools needed to succeed.”
The Governor’s Small Business Series provides Texas small-business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to network with other business owners and meet experts who can share timely, relevant, actionable advice on a multitude of small business topics.
Movies That Matter, a film series program of the City of Fort Worth’s Human Relations Commission, will present Woman on Fire at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.
Admission is free. Make reservations online.
This portrait of courage under fire celebrates New York City’s first openly transgender firefighter. For Brooke Guinan, fighting fires runs in her blood – both her father and grandfather served in the FDNY. But as a transgender woman, her path to service has not been without obstacles. Transitioning from male to female in what is still an overwhelmingly macho profession proves a challenge for her coworkers and her family, while her boyfriend reckons with the impact of Brooke’s newly public profile on his parents.
View a trailer.
Movies That Matter was created in 2010 as a way to create awareness in the community about human rights issues affecting people in Fort Worth and worldwide. The series presents human rights-related film screenings and moderated discussions. The program is managed by the Diversity & Inclusion Department.
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