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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Looking Back at Accomplishments in 2012, Moving Ahead in 2013

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

Texas Health Resources accomplished much in 2012. In spite of all the debate and uncertainty around health care policy for much of the year, medical staff physicians and our employees remained focused on our mission — to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.

Texas Health acted on our conviction that the most effective reform will happen at the local level. Through collaboration with physicians, employers, payers and other health systems, we began to expand the focus beyond caring for people when they are ill to also helping people stay healthy.

In 2012, for example, we began work with Healthways to provide physicians and patients with tools and processes to help them better manage health. Texas Health also partnered with Methodist Health System and LHC Group to better manage the transition from hospital to home care.

In 2013, we’ll continue transforming health care as we begin implementing a new care transitions program to coordinate post-acute care and reduce readmissions. We’ll also launch a new comprehensive diabetes management initiative to help turn the tide on this growing disease.

Working with employers, we’ll develop innovative ways to help improve their employees’ health and reduce costs.

We believe 2013 will indeed be a Happy New Year!

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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