THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. strengthened its network of 226 service centers with investments in facility renovations in Oklahoma City, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Parsons.

The less-than-truckload carrier announced the recent service center remodels will increase shipping capabilities in the South and Midwest. Old Dominion’s facilities are strategically located in every state across the U.S.

“This network is vital to our ability to keep the OD promise of exceptional service,” Terry Hutchins, OD vice president of field services and real estate, said in a statement. “We continue to invest in our facilities with the latest technology and infrastructure to ensure we’re operating effectively and efficiently. The improvements in Oklahoma City, Shreveport and Parsons demonstrate our commitment to delivering across the south and Midwest.”

Service Center Remodels include:

— The 24-acre facility in Parsons, which features 114 doors and is located near the intersection of the two main corridors for southern and eastern Kansas, U.S. 59 and U.S. 400. OD has six service centers in Kansas.

— The downtown service center in Oklahoma City that is located near two major interstates, I-35 and I-40, and has 87 doors. OD has two service centers in the state.

— The 10-acre Shreveport, Louisiana, location with 32 doors. The facility services areas in and around Louisiana including Benton, Bossier City, Greenwood, Mansfield, Many, Minden, Natchitoches, Sarepta, Vivian, Shreveport, Carthage, Jefferson, Marshall and Waskom. OD facilitates five service centers in Louisiana.

Labette Health gets ‘A’ rating

Labette Health received an A grade in its fall 2016 hospital safety score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. The award is through the Leapfrog Group.

The hospital safety score, released bi-annually, is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog.

The hospital safety score uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.

The hospital safety score includes 30 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs.  

Taken together, those performance measures produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.  

“All hospitals are working to continuously improve quality and safety for their patients, and we feel blessed that our efforts have achieved such outstanding results for the patients and communities we serve. Labette Health is the only hospital in Southeast Kansas to earn this ranking, and we are honored by the patients that give us the privilege and trust to care for them,” Brian Williams, Labette Health president and CEO, said in a statement.

H&R Block to move

The local H&R Block office will move from its location at 2323 Main to 1519 C Main after the first of the year.

The new location is in the same building as Bowen Medical Equipment and Mobility, 1519 A Main. The third portion of the building is empty.

Jennifer Ashen, office manager, said the current building has roof problems, and the new office is in a newer building with a better location. She said the building at 2323 Main, which H&R leases, will be up for sale.

New Pizza Hut site opens

With the opening of the new Pizza Hut carry-out and delivery location in a shared building with Family Video, 2230 Main, the restaurant at 3400 Main has closed, leaving the city without a dine-in option for the pizza franchise.

The local Pizza Hut menu has changed slightly as a result of the move. The business is not offering sandwiches, but that could change in the future, an employee said on Monday. The new location also does not make taco pizza. The business hours and phone number remained the same.

The Pizza Hut restaurant closed on Nov. 27, and the new location opened on Dec. 1 after a carve-in remodeling project on the west side of the Family Video building.

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