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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Nonprofit Reinvestment at Work
02/20/2006

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

No doubt most of you have seen hospital construction crews at work across North Texas. When a population grows as fast as ours, hospitals, like other needed services, must grow to keep up with increased demand.

Nonprofit hospital systems, such as Texas Health Resources, meet this demand by investing in existing and new facilities and into the health of our communities. Because we are community-based and not investor-owned, we can look beyond short-term financial performance needs to be sure we are meeting community needs.

Texas Health Resources is in the midst of investing $1.5 billion in health care building and expansion in North Texas. That investment is the fuel driving our Blueprint for Health Care Delivery, a growth plan designed to improve access to health care in the communities we serve.

THR already has invested about $915 million in land, buildings, renovations and equipment across the system since 1998. The most recent project gets under way this month at Arlington Memorial Hospital, where a $76 million surgical tower – the largest one-time construction in the facility’s 47-year history – will improve access to care in the Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield areas.

Meeting today’s needs while planning for tomorrow helps Texas Health Resources improve the health of the people in communities we serve across North Texas.

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

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