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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Changing Demographics are Changing Health Care (Part 2)
02/13/2012

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

Previously I talked about the impact our aging population will have on health care. Another trend that will impact health care is a shift in the ethnic make-up of our population. In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the two fastest-growing demographic groups are the Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander populations. Each segment is expected to grow by more than 23 percent from 2009 to 2014.

This trend increases the need for more culturally competent care, with an increasing focus on the role the family plays in a person’s health. We also see an increasing need for clinics that focus on primary care, early diagnosis, prevention and disease management. As we look at models of care, these factors will help determine the types of facilities we build, the services we offer, and how we provide those services.

Quality, convenience and cost-effectiveness will be our watch-words as we develop new models of patient-centered care.

In the next few years, you will see Texas Health invest in more satellite clinics and outpatient centers to meet the changing needs of our population and deliver services closer to where people live and work. We will also collaborate with other providers to better manage the overall health of populations with different needs.

For our 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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