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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Giving Thanks for Committed Health Care
11/21/2005

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

Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to take stock of our blessings. It’s easy to focus on the major health care problems of our day, yet the business of health care remains a uniquely personal experience. Today, I want to thank those who have contributed so much to the health of our communities.

First, businesses throughout North Texas have taken the initiative to help their employees through company-sponsored wellness and family violence prevention programs. I applaud those efforts to not only reduce health costs but to invest in the lives and health of their employees.

Second, dedicated health care staff, workers and volunteers throughout the Metroplex, who spend countless hours caring for those in need. The recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast served as a poignant reminder of the importance of health care when tragedies occur.

Finally, committed donors continue to act as a pillars of support to non-profit organizations – including Texas Health Resources – which rely on their philanthropy. Without their continued generosity, much of the work we do at Texas Health Resources would not be possible.

I am grateful for the opportunities we have had to work together in answering the health needs of our communities in 2005.

For the more than 17,000 employees, 3,200 physicians on the medical staffs and 2,300 volunteers of Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals – I’m Doug Hawthorne wishing you a healthy and joyous Thanksgiving.

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