About the Author
Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
Most Popular Stories
Discover News By District
Awards honor excellence in health care
Sen. Kirk Watson was among the honorees recognized last Thursday at the inaugural Health Leadership Awards presented by Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. Watson received the Public Service Health Leader award for his work in supporting the redesign of brain health initiatives at Austin State Hospital. His 10 Goals in 10 Years plan to improve health care in the Austin area was key in building support for the creation of the school. In addition to honoring local secondary students and teachers, the awards recognized Dana Saltalamachia, a health practitioner for Integral Care, for her work in increasing HIV and AIDS treatment for the area’s homeless population. Rhonda Mudhenk, chief operations officer for Lone Star Circle of Care, received the Transformational Health Leader award for promoting collaboration in improving care across the community. Susan Dawson, executive director of the E3 Alliance educational nonprofit, received the Community Volunteer Health Leader award for helping uninsured breast cancer patients receive access to treatment.
Join Your Friends and Neighbors
We're a nonprofit news organization, and we put our service to you above all else. That will never change. But public-service journalism requires community support from readers like you. Will you join your friends and neighbors to support our work and mission?