I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has opened the W.W. Caruth Jr. Center for SAFE Healing. The 3,000-square-foot, multi-room suite is dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment for sexual assault victims. The center — the first of its kind in Dallas County — is located in the hospital’s emergency department. It will serve as a unique healing environment for victims and their family members.
The suite is part of the new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program at Texas Health Dallas. It features medical exam rooms with advanced forensic equipment as well as rooms where law enforcement officials and social service advocates can meet with victims. It also includes private bathrooms with showers, secure access to evidence collection, an education center for nurse training, and a private family waiting area.
Nurses certified as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Victims can be seen and treated at any time of the day or night in the center.
The suite was made possible by a $2 million gift from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation of Communities Foundation of Texas. 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.