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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health Azle Community Benefit Program a Finalist for Premier Cares Award

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

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle is one of only six hospitals nationally to be named a finalist for the Premier Cares Award for quality. Texas Health Azle earned this distinction because of a very special program that reaches beyond the walls of the hospital to care for senior citizens in the community.

Texas Health Azle partnered with a local non-profit organization in 2006 to develop Good NEWS for a Better L.I.F.E. The program promotes healthy lifestyles and injury prevention for seniors, reaching into their homes to help improve their health status through better education, fitness and social support. The program also serves as a coordinator of care for participants.

Since the health of seniors varies widely from homebound to physically capable, Good NEWS for a Better L.I.F.E. strives not only to improve health status, but improve the standard of living.

For many seniors, improved quality of life simply means an ability to stay in their own homes. To help accomplish this, Good NEWS for a Better L.I.F.E. provides assistance with maintenance, transportation, and home repairs including making houses wheelchair accessible. The program also offers education classes and health screenings free of charge.

I applaud Texas Health Azle and Good NEWS for a Better L.I.F.E. for doing what it takes to make a real difference in the lives of the community.

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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