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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Komen Grants for Texas Health Hospitals
05/25/2009

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

Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals Plano and Allen, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth will be providing no-cost mammograms and breast cancer treatments to uninsured women in Collin and Tarrant Counties. Patients must be referred by a physician and must meet certain financial requirements to qualify.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, North Texas and Tarrant County affiliates, have given Texas Health hospitals grants totaling more than $340,000 to make these treatments possible. Services will include breast health education, self-exam instruction, computerized breast cancer risk assessments, radiation and Lymphedema therapy, and digital screening mammograms. The grant is a result of Texas Health’s ongoing partnership and collaboration with the Komen Foundation.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Texas Health’s program is part of our “Better Breast Health” initiative, designed to reach women in the community who are uninsured or underinsured, cannot afford the evaluations, or are members of underserved populations.

Congratulations to our Texas Health hospitals for providing these important services to the communities you serve. And to the North Texas and Tarrant County affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, thank you for making this possible.

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

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