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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Family Violence Prevention Update
11/28/2005

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

Family violence knows no boundaries. It occurs most often in the home but can spill over into other areas, including the workplace – where the emotional and financial costs are overwhelming. Family violence costs businesses $5 to $10 billion annually including lost productivity and, the heaviest cost of all – replacing employees who die as a result.

This is the challenge that confronts employers everywhere. To help, Texas Health Resources is sharing its Family Violence Prevention program -- allowing employers to deal with this important issue head-on and at the one area victims of family violence may feel most secure – their workplace. The program includes training segments to help managers identify and counsel possible victims, templates for informational fliers and brochures, and access to a cost calculator. It’s a comprehensive program that encourages management teams to offer their employees resources for help.

Six companies and municipalities in North Texas already have tested the program in their own organizations, including Texas Instruments and the City of Plano.

Now, we’re offering the program to any organization needing help. By taking action and responsibility, all of us in the business community can take a stand against family violence. To learn more, visit our Web site at www.TexasHealth.org.

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

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