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'The Business of Health Care Report'

W.W. Caruth Jr. Center for SAFE Healing

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

The Caruth name in Dallas is synonymous with philanthropy in education, public safety, and healthcare. Thanks to a major new donation, the name will now be forged with a program that lies at the intersection of all three.

The W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation of Communities Foundation of Texas has granted $2 million for construction of Dallas County’s first Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Healing Suites. The W.W. Caruth, Jr. Center for SAFE Healing will be housed in the emergency department of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and will provide comprehensive treatment for sexual assault victims.

The grant will also help fund Dallas’ first certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program. The program trains nurses to conduct sexual assault forensic exams and collect court-admissible forensic evidence to help prosecute sexual predators. A 2009 Department of Justice report revealed there is a 95 percent increase in successful prosecution of sexual assault cases where evidence is collected by a sexual assault nurse examiner.

The funding will also support programming needs of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, including post-trauma counseling and advocacy, and sexual assault education in local high schools and universities.

I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to the Caruth foundation for its generosity and foresight in supporting this unique partnership designed to make Dallas safer.

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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