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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Building to Meet Community Needs
03/28/2005

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

In 2003, leaders from Texas Health Resources and Triad Hospitals, Inc., met to discuss a vision for a new hospital in Denton County – one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Just two years later, the reality of that vision is Presbyterian Hospital of Denton – scheduled to open next week.

For the residents of Denton County and the surrounding area, the new hospital will allow patients to receive advanced inpatient and outpatient care – close to home. That was the goal of Triad and THR when the two organizations began working on this unusual partnership between nonprofit and investor-owned entities. Leaders from both hospital systems determined that more could be accomplished by working together to deliver much-needed services.

In fact, it would have been difficult for either organization to have completed this project alone. But, with our combined strength, a gleaming new hospital for the people of Denton County is now a reality.

The hospital will be operated by a partnership board and a local board of trustees with the day-to-day operations managed by Triad Hospitals, Inc.

The presence of Presbyterian Hospital of Denton provides a clear example of how collaboration and cooperation between two like-minded health care organizations can improve the health of the community.

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

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