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'The Business of Health Care Report'

The Importance of Vacations

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

The holidays are over and it’s back to our normal routine. As you assess your goals for the year, I’d like to encourage you to add vacations to your list. Not just for yourself but for your employees as well.

According to a recent study, Americans will have 421 million unused vacation days in 2005. Each employed adult will leave an average of three vacation days on the table. That’s three extra days you or your employee can use to relax, rejuvenate and, ultimately, be a more productive employee.

Even your most motivated and committed employee needs a break. Studies have proven the benefits of time off, including lowered blood pressure, reduced stress, better attitude and improved general health. These benefits also can lead to a longer life and lower health costs – everyone benefits.

We’re all guilty of thinking our work is so important that we can’t afford to take time off for ourselves. But most of us would rather take time off to relax rather than to recover from a stress-related illness.

So, let 2006 be the year you and your staff take some well-deserved time off. Chances are you’ll be a happier, healthier group with lower health costs, fewer sick days and higher productivity.

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

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