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Monday, January 28, 2002

Chamber picks Hung as 2001's Citizen of Year

Staff Writer
PECOS, Mon., Jan. 28, 2002 -- It came as a "shock" and pleasant surprise to Leo Hung, the recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award for 2001, who said that he had no clue that he would be a winner Friday evening at the Pecos Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet.

The announcement came at the end of the banquet, held Friday before a full house at the Reeves County Civic Center.

"I don't think the recipient of this award knows that he is going to be honored," said Master of Ceremonies John Grant. "And in a town this size, that's really remarkable."

"I am really in shock, I had no idea that I would be receiving this award this evening," said Hung, a pharmacist, member of the Reeves County Hospital District board and owner of several local businesses.

He said that he had made many friends in the 21 years he had been in Pecos. "I came to Pecos 21 years ago and grew to love it," said Hung. "I feel it is my obligation and duty to do my best to help all sectors of the community."

Hung said that even though his specialty was the health care business he wants to participate and help in other areas as well. "The health care field is my main field," said Hung.

Hung said that his door is always open and thanked all his staff members, many of which were on hand for the special occasion. "Last year was a very productive year," said Hung.

Hung also introduced his wife, Minnie to the audience and said that the two will soon be new parents.

Hung came to Pecos with Walter Kwan, a partner, in 1980, both having recently graduated from a pharmacy school.

Leo, along with Walter, his partner, started his venture in to the world of free enterprise, here in Pecos, with the acquisition of Professional Pharmacy in 1980. His strong desire to provide health care related services to the community of Pecos would eventually lead to bringing several additional health care related services to Pecos, with his latest acquisition, in the Pecos area, being Pecos Nursing Home, which he purchased on April 1 of last year.

"From his humble beginning, Leo's motivation and goal, with each of his purchases, has always been, `what can he do to provide the best quality of health care services to the community of Pecos,'" said Jim Lofton, who presented the prestigious award to Hung.

Since beginning work at Professional Pharmacy, Hung has added the following health care services to Pecos over the past 21 years:

Trans Pecos Laboratory, Trans Pecos Health Center, Physician Clinic Space, American Home Health and Hospice and the Pecos Nursing home.

American Home Health and Hospice has expanded outside the Pecos area to serve Fort Stockton and Iraan and provides health care services to those still residing in their homes, along with hospice services and support for individuals with a terminal illness and their families.

Lofton said that after Hung's acquistion of Pecos Nursing Home from longtime owner Greg Johns last year, he immediately applied for and received certification as a Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility. It was the first time since the nursing home was built that Medicare health care services have been available there.

Along with his businesses, Hung also paid for all youngsters in the Pecos area to have an opportunity to see the movie "Remember the Titans."

"To make it affordable, for those desiring a career in the health care field, Leo provides tuition assistance," said Lofton.

Hung was elected to the Board of Director of Reeves County Hospital in 2000, giving of both time and resources, Lofton said.

"A goal and dream of Leo's is a Dialysis Center in Pecos. Presently, those requiring dialysis services, the closest Dialysis Center available to the citizens of Pecos area is in either Odessa or Midland," he said. "This has become a major project for Leo, who is devoting both time and effort in an attempt to bring dialysis services to the community of Pecos."

An active member of the Pecos Rotary Club, Lofton said Hung has personally assumed the responsibility of the Christmas Tree Lighting Project. "Leo has devoted both personal resources and the time of his employees to make this annual event to become the success it now enjoys in the community," he said.

"His business has helped to provide growth, created job opportunities, and a solid financial base to Pecos," said Lofton. "Leo genuinely cares for both Pecos and the people of Pecos," he said.

Hung's award was one of several given out at Friday night's banquet, including two new awards, the Fireman of the Year and the Emergency Medical Service Attendant of the Year. A full list of the awards will be in Tuesday's Enterprise.

Plate sale set to raise funds for youth trip

PECOS, Mon., Jan. 28, 2002 -- An Enchilada Plate Sale will be held from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday at St. Catherine's Hall, at Plum and Walthall streets. Plates will be $4 and to order call 425-3685 or 448-5985. All proceeds will benefit youth attending a conference in El Paso.


PECOS, Mon., Jan. 28, 2002 -- High Sun. 79. Low this morning 34. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. SW winds 5 to 15 mph. Tues.: Mostly cloudy and not as warm. Highs near 70. SW winds 5 to 15 mph. Tues. night: Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. Lows near 40. Wed.: Cloudy and much cooler with a 20 percent chance of rain. Highs 50 to 55. Thurs.: Decreasing cloudiness and cool. Lows in the mid 20s. Highs in the mid 40s.


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