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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
May 9-15 is National Hospital Week, and I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about the role of hospitals in the community and to extend my sincere thanks to health care workers across North Texas.
Daily operation of Texas Health Resources hospitals would not be possible without the devoted service of nearly 19,000 employees and 3,600 physicians on the medical staff of our hospitals. Health care is a 24-hour-a-day, 365-day a year responsibility. For physicians, nurses, patient care technicians, volunteers, and other health care workers, that can mean working nights, weekends and holidays.
Caregivers at the bedside are not the only people we rely on to ensure that that our doors remain open to the communities we serve, every hour of every day. We depend on the dedication and hard work of chaplains, dieticians, food service workers, patient advocates, admissions personnel, security, groundskeepers, housekeepers, information systems staff, pharmacy technicians and more.
Hospitals are second only to full-service restaurants as the major source of private sector jobs. In Texas alone, hospital jobs generate $96.4 billion a year in economic activity.
And in addition to providing health care to the communities we serve, Texas Health hospitals provide hundreds of millions of dollars worth of charity care and community benefit each year.
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.