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'The Business of Health Care Report'

The Nonprofit Safety Net (Part 1)

I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Accessible health care is a bedrock of economic strength in North Texas, with more than 250,000 jobs and payroll in excess of $6.5 billion tied to the health care industry.

Against this backdrop, business executives, community leaders and health care providers in Dallas work together in a coalition known as Dallas Medical Resource to promote Dallas’ health care community. Their chief concern is the vitality of Parkland Health and Hospital System and the health care safety net for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Parkland is the primary teaching hospital for UT Southwestern Medical School and the leading provider of indigent care. Parkland, however, cannot and does not shoulder the burden of charity care alone. Our community health system relies on a combination of public hospitals, nonprofit hospitals and investor-owned systems. In 2003, Parkland provided 61 percent of the hospital charity care in Dallas County, nonprofit hospital systems provided approximately 33 percent, and investor-owned hospitals provided about 6 percent.

The number of uninsured patients places a growing burden on Parkland and community hospitals, especially the nonprofits.

Business people, community leaders and health care professionals from throughout our community are working together to ensure timely access to quality health care for all our people. The quality of our lives and the health of our economy depend on it.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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