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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Dedication of Nurses
12/20/2010

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

This holiday season, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the thousands of nurses across North Texas who dedicate their lives to caring for others.

The delivery of health care never sleeps or takes a holiday; it is a 24-hour-a-day, 365-day a year responsibility. For many, that means sacrificing their own holiday celebrations to fulfill a very high calling: the health of others. And it’s not just the holidays they sacrifice.

Last winter, North Texas had a snow storm for the record books. In the space of 24 hours, we saw more than a foot of snow. It was the greatest calendar day snowfall on record in North Texas. The previous 24-hour snowfall record was 7.8 inches, set in January 1964.

Thousands of workers and schoolchildren across the Metroplex stayed home that day. But at Texas Health hospitals, we had dozens of nurses who spent the night in their hospitals when the weather turned bad the night before. They were concerned the snow may prevent them from getting safely back to their patients the following day.

I am humbled to be part of an organization of so many talented and compassionate professionals who live our mission every day — improving the health of the people in the communities we serve. On holidays, on rainy days, and everyday.

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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