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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health Resources Moving Forward With Well-Being Improvement

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

I’d like to share some interesting statistics with you. Companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area suffer an estimated $17 billion loss in productivity each year due to employee health problems. Health behaviors influence 50 to 70 percent of an individual’s health, yet we spend only 4 percent of our health dollars to impact behaviors.

Last April, we announced a landmark agreement with Healthways, one of the pioneers in using evidence-based tools and methods to enhance the well-being of individuals and communities. Together, we are developing what is needed to connect people to their own health, connect people to their doctors, and connect people within their communities.

According to the Gallup-Healthways® Well-Being Index in 2011, the Dallas–Fort Worth area scored 67.9. The country’s top-rated metropolitan area scored 72.9. Clearly, we have some work to do to improving well-being in North Texas.

Research tells us that a 1 percent increase in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® of a community can result in a 2 percent decrease in hospital admissions and a 1 percent decrease in the amount the community spends on health care overall.

Over the next few months, I’ll share with you what we’re doing to improve the well-being of the people of North Texas.

For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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