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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Taking Stock of 2005

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

This week we celebrate family, friends, spirituality and holidays with the message to keep hope alive.

For many in our region, this has been a year to remember – of hurricanes, business success or failure, loss of loved ones, recovery from disease, or the blessed addition of a new family member.

With each change in our lives comes the hope and opportunity of something better to replace what was past. Without hope, it is difficult, if not impossible, to move ahead. And it is the proud sense of optimism that is Texas that allows us to see good and even better from a position of loss, uncertainty and disappointment.

Health care workers will tell you that it is their desire to care for people and keep hope alive for patients, so that they may have a better life, that is their passion. For that, we salute them.

The holidays offer a renewed sense of optimism for relationships, improving our health and improving ourselves. We want each year to be better than the last. There can be better times ahead for us all.

From the more than 17,000 employees, 3,200 physicians on the medical staffs and 2,300 volunteers of Texas Health Resources’ family of faith-based hospitals – Presbyterian, Harris Methodist and Arlington Memorial – we send season’s greetings – and this message of hope – to the patients and families we serve and to the communities we call home.

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