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'The Business of Health Care Report'

National Health Care Volunteer Week

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

It’s National Volunteer Week, and I’d like to tip my hat to the more than 2,100 volunteers who give selflessly everyday to support the Texas Health family of hospitals.

In 2007 alone, our volunteer workforce donated more than 300,000 hours of their time to taking care of our patients, staff and visitors. Volunteers are among our most valuable assets. They serve as integral parts of the health care we deliver every day.

Volunteers are often the first people you see upon entering a hospital. They staff information desks, greet visitors in surgery waiting rooms, deliver flowers, offer directions, and serve on boards that raise funds for hospital improvements. And many of our volunteers have served faithfully for decades.

Connie Gilmartin, our longest tenured volunteer, just celebrated 50 years of service to Arlington Memorial Hospital. Connie began volunteering at Arlington Memorial in February 1958 when the hospital opened, and has since served in every area of the hospital. According to those who know her well, Connie is not only a devoted volunteer, she is a walking encyclopedia of hospital history.

My hat is off to Connie and to all the volunteers across our 13-hospital system. We are inspired by your strength and humbled by your spirit. In short, we couldn’t do it without you.

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

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