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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Treating Body, Mind and Spirit
10/26/2009

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

Each day, thousands of people visit a Texas Health hospital. Many of them did not anticipate they would need our services.

Delivering comprehensive care to these patients means treating more than just their physical needs. Oftentimes, people need help connecting meaning with life circumstances that may not make sense or seem fair.

To help address concerns of the spirit, Texas Health hospitals have chaplains who help patients and their families cope with illness and the stress of being away from home. Chaplains are trained to talk to people about how their physical, emotional and spiritual needs relate to healing, health and hope, no matter what their faith tradition or medical condition.

Medical researchers, sociologists, theologians and philosophers around the world are engaged in studying faith, health and medicine. National opinion polls show strong positive correlations between patients' satisfaction with their hospital stays and how well caregivers meet their spiritual and emotional needs.

At Texas Health, the guiding philosophy of our caregivers is, “Caring for the whole person — body, mind and spirit.” We are committed to providing quality care that combines advanced medical technology with respect for each person, confidence in the gifts of medicine, and reliance on the healing power of faith.

That is the essence of what it means to be a faith-based hospital system.

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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