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'The Business of Health Care Report'

2008-2009 North Texas Health Care Reform Policy Agenda (Part 4)

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

In April, Texas Health Resources convened a group of local business and community leaders to work collaboratively towards health care reform.

Together, we developed a health care reform policy agenda I believe all North Texans can agree on. Today, I’d like to touch on one aspect of the policy agenda and invite you to join us in advocating for health care reform.

It is crucial that we promote the highest quality health care, and one way to do this is by increasing the development and use of evidence-based care. This requires a commitment to employing the best methods and treatments available in caring for patients.

The concept applies to almost any vocation. Take gardening for instance. Your parents may have taught you at a young age how best to tend flowers. But chances are you care for plants differently today because you have better tools and resources at your disposal.

Evidence-based health care brings about collaborative improvement. It requires health care providers to share best practices, learn from peers, and adopt new approaches and technologies based on national demonstrated results.

That is why it is critical that evidence-based care be an integral part of any plan for health care reform.

To learn more about the North Texas Health Care Reform Policy Agenda, visit

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

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