Methodist Health System and Texas Health Resources Agree to Collaborate on Accountable Care Initiatives
05/04/2011

ARLINGTON and DALLAS, Texas — Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System of Dallas have agreed to seek collaborative opportunities within the framework of developing a multi-provider accountable care organization (ACO).

“For many years, Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System have sought opportunities for collaboration to improve health care services for the people of North Texas while advancing our respective organizations and being good stewards of the community’s resources,” said Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO of Methodist Health System. “For example, both organizations are co-sponsors of CareFlite air and ground medical transport and participate in the North Texas Hospital Laundry Cooperative.”

“Both nonprofit health systems have strong faith-based foundations and are dedicated to the communities they serve,” added Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “Geographically the service areas of the two systems are complementary. Given today’s challenging health care environment, it makes sense for us to look for opportunities to optimize resources and work together to improve the health of our communities.”

For the past several months, both organizations have been among many across the country participating in ACO preparatory projects with Premier, a national health care performance improvement alliance, in which both organizations are active participants. In many ways this announcement is an extension of the groundwork that has occurred over the past months of work within the Premier project.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

For more information about Methodist Health System, call 214-947-0000 or visit www.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

For more information about the Premier health care alliance, visit www.premierinc.com.