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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Vermont-Oxford Study

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

Neonatal clinicians at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are making a big difference in the lives of some of our tiniest patients.

The Level III NICU at Texas Health Dallas is a participant in the Vermont-Oxford Network, a national evidence-based quality improvement collaborative. Because of the unit’s commitment to continual quality improvement, survival rates of the youngest infants admitted to the Texas Health Dallas NICU are more than double those of same-aged infants cared for at other NICUs in the collaborative.

In 2007, the most recent year for which data was available, the survival rate for infants weighing between 2.8 and 3.3 pounds in the Texas Health Dallas NICU was a remarkable 95 percent.

The Texas Health Dallas NICU was the first in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to implement standardization of oxygen saturation monitoring and oxygen therapy in infants with very low birth weights.

Infants born before 24 weeks gestation and cared for in the Texas Health Dallas NICU had a 50 percent survival rate compared to a 22 percent survival rate in infants of the same age in the Vermont Oxford group.

These excellent outcomes are a credit to the dedicated clinicians serving Texas Health Dallas’ neonatal intensive care unit and their commitment to continual improvements in quality of care.

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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