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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Advancement Requires a Guidepost, Not a Hitching Post

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

Texas Health Resources recently passed a significant milestone and celebrated its 15th anniversary as an integrated health care system. Under the Texas Health banner, Presbyterian, Harris Methodist and Arlington Memorial hospitals have made great progress in changing the way health care is delivered in North Texas. Recently, Huguley Memorial Medical Center joined the Texas Health family.

As we continue to advance our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve, each of the milestones we pass is a guidepost — not a hitching post. Our journey of improving health will never end — we will not hitch our wagon and stop where we are. We will move on toward the next guidepost.

One of the guideposts in the year ahead will be the introduction of science-based tools designed to help physicians manage the health of their population of patients and keep people healthier.

Another guidepost will be to inspire change in the way people think and act about their own health. Changing behaviors is the only way we can improve health and bend the cost curve of healthcare away from its upward trajectory. In the next few months, we’ll present several ways you can join us on this journey — whether you are an employer, physician, community leader or consumer.

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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