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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health Nurses: A Unique Way of Giving Back
04/05/2010

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

The mission of Texas Health Resources is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. Delivering on this mission takes devoted service on the part of thousands of employees, volunteers and physicians on the medical staffs of our hospitals.

There are countless ways these healthcare workers give back to our communities on a daily basis. One unique way that a nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth gives back is by combining her talents and her personal story to make a difference.

Sarah Lane is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Health Fort Worth. Twenty-four years ago, she was born three months premature in the very same hospital where she now works. Weighing in at a tiny 3 pounds, 6 ounces, Sarah was in the hospital for two months before she was big enough to go home.

It was Sarah’s own life experience that compelled her to become a nurse. Now, she uses her story to inspire parents of tiny preemies who may feel hopeless or discouraged. She works alongside Dr. Richard Sidebottom, the same neonatologist who cared for her when she was a baby.

During a time when demand for healthcare services is growing and nurses are in short supply, I am thankful for young people like Sarah who devote their lives to such special callings and inspire others to do the same.

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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