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THR Receives Telecommunications Grant
10/18/2002

ARLINGTON, Texas — The State of Texas' Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund, commonly referred to as TIF, recently awarded Texas Health Resources a $630,000 grant for the development of an advanced learning network.

The grant will lead to improved access to educational resources throughout the THR system, said President and CEO Doug Hawthorne.

“THR will be using the grant funds to build an educational videoconferencing network that will set THR apart from other health systems in Texas and the Southwest,” he said.

Texas Health Resources is comprised of 13 hospitals across North Texas, including the Harris Methodist hospitals in Tarrant and surrounding counties, the Presbyterian hospitals in Dallas, Collin and other Northeast Texas counties, and Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington.

The system’s new video communication network will feature an electronic classroom at the company’s Arlington headquarters, which will serve as the hub of the educational videoconferencing network, said THR’s Vice President for Learning Michael Evans.

From the hub, content will be relayed to other THR facilities using two-way videoconferencing equipment, dedicated specifically for education. “A hub-and-spoke system will let us extend educational opportunities while reducing costs associated with staff traveling across the Metroplex,” Evans said.

Once the system is up and running, users can link to real-time, Internet-based educational events and relay them to any room with computer-network access in any THR facility. “That means that no matter what the need, the THR Center for Learning will be able to bring professional seminars, college classes and system events directly to THR personnel,” Evans said.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The system serves 29 counties with a population of 5.4 million people. THR serves one of every five people living in these counties for inpatient hospital care. THR was formed in 1997 and is comprised of hospitals and other health services, including Harris Methodist hospitals in and near Tarrant County, Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington and Presbyterian Healthcare hospitals in Dallas, Collin and other counties in North Texas.

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