DALLAS, TX—Forefront Living dedicated The Hawthorne, a new independent living apartment building for seniors at Presbyterian Village North (PVN), at a ceremony that honored Douglas D. Hawthorne, the man for whom the expansion was named. Hawthorne retired from Texas Health Resources as the founding chief executive officer emeritus on December 31, 2019, after 50 years of service with the same health care organization—and he was a guiding force behind the development of PVN.
“Nearly five decades ago, Doug Hawthorne recognized a gap in the continuum of services for older adults in Dallas,” said Tim Mallad, CEO of Forefront Living. “He envisioned this gap being filled by a vibrant and thriving community of people receiving the highest quality services available to seniors. This vision resulted in the establishment of PVN and continues today with the opening of The Hawthorne, the newest addition to the PVN campus named in the honor of our founder, Doug Hawthorne.”
Festivities began with an outdoor ribbon cutting, followed by the dedication ceremony, which was held in the McGowen Auditorium at the community. A full house of residents and guests listened as Presbyterian Village North spiritual director Denise Odom delivered a special blessing over The Hawthorne, followed by remarks from Hawthorne himself.
“The addition of The Hawthorne will continue the high quality of living that Forefront Living offers seniors at PVN,” said Hawthorne. “The Hawthorne will further establish it[self] as a community where seniors can live independently, while having access to services and the lifestyle that will extend their lives.”
The Hawthorne is the newest addition to PVN’s 66-acre campus and features 112 new independent living apartment homes with eight open-plan floor plan designs, each with a private balcony. Independent living residents at The Hawthorne also have preferred access to assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing care and comprehensive rehabilitation services, if needed.
The event also included special guests Dallas City councilmember Adam McGough and Hawthorne’s family members. Following the ceremony, residents and guests enjoyed a breakfast buffet and mimosa bar prepared by PVN’s culinary team.