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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Collaborate for Best Practices

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

As I’ve said many times on this program, Texas Health believes that collaboration will be the key to transforming the delivery of health care in North Texas. I’d like to share three examples of how hospitals — working together as members of the DFW Hospital Council — are collaborating to improve patient safety, meet the increasing need for trained nurses and improve patient care.

Last summer, the Texas Hospital Association and the DFW Hospital Council established a Patient Safety Organization that will permit hospitals to share information about safety events and near misses to learn how to avoid them. This is the first collaboration of its kind in Texas, and it enables the sharing of information in an environment protected from litigation.

In November, the DFW Hospital Council Foundation helped area nursing schools, through Team Texas, establish a clinical nursing faculty resource center and clinical placement program in North Texas, funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The goal is to increase the number of nursing school graduates to meet the needs of the growing population of North Texas.

The North Texas Healthcare Information and Quality Collaborative provides a resource for clinical data and a forum for hospital council members to share best practices for improving patient safety and quality.

Through collaboration and sharing, we can accomplish far more together than any of us can alone.

For our 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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