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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Gift from the Heart
09/08/2008

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

Last month, Texas Health launched a program called “Gift from the Heart,” which is equipping 51 schools across North Texas with additional life-saving automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

In the United States, more than 250,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest , and about 7,000 of those are children and teens. An AED is a device that shocks the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. It is the single most effective treatment for restarting the heart after sudden cardiac arrest.

Studies show that when AEDs are placed in public areas and are used quickly, the survival rate increases by 50 percent. The presence of additional, strategically placed AEDs can reduce the time it takes to retrieve these life-saving devices.

Presenting a life-saving gift to schools is one way we’re celebrating the unification of our community hospitals under the Texas Health brand. This program is one example of the more than $1 million a day in charity care and community benefit that Texas Health hospitals provide across North Texas.

Rest assured that the nonprofit hospitals you’ve known and trusted for decades will continue to be your partners for health care, not only inside our facilities but in schools and wherever else we can improve the health of the community.

On January 1, our faith-based hospitals will officially become Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial. I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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