Amarillo's Dickie McCurdy recently received the 2018 Spirit of Texas Award from the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Texas at their annual business meeting on May 5.

McCurdy is the president of MMM Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning in Amarillo and a longtime member and board member of the PHCC Texas.

McCurdy won the award for "going above and beyond to resolve a business-related issue within the association," according to a news release. The Spirit of Texas Award is unique in that it is not given every year, but only when deserved.

In his duties resolving the business-related issue, McCurdy was present for every meeting, conference call, legal discussion and more to protect the members of PHCC Texas in the resolution.

"I was surprised and honored to receive the Spirit of Texas Award," McCurdy said. "I love serving my industry and making it better for the next generation."

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association was founded in 1883.

NWTHS receives national award

Northwest Texas Healthcare System received the Center of Distinction Award, which was given to Northwest Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, according to a news release.

The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 28 median days to heal. There were 635 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction Award, but only 427 achieved the honor.

The Center is also accredited through the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society. This accreditation indicates the highest industry standards and best practices in hyperbaric treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a sophisticated technology that accelerates the delivery of oxygen to the body’s tissue to promote healing. For certain wounds, hyperbaric oxygen treatment can significantly improve healing outcomes, the release stated.

Northwest Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy offers specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings, and growth factor therapies, NWTHS stated.