To thrive, Texas Health must connect with and build strong relationships with a number of stakeholders who affect how we deliver care–from physicians to public health agencies, to policymakers and other health care focused nonprofits. Through ongoing dialogue, we improve our understanding of trends affecting health outcomes, service delivery results and costs of care.
To learn more about public health concerns and desired health services, we solicit input from community board of trustee members, community stakeholders and health councils, patient advisory councils and other forums. We share findings with our organization’s leaders so they can refine strategies and tactics to improve programs and services.
As a member of local business, civic and industry groups, Texas Health is able to assess the most pressing health issues facing the citizens of North Texas. This helps us identify strategic nonprofit partners and enables us to invest in critical programs and services our communities need most.
We select these organizations based on their alignment with our mission, vision and values, as well as input from our employees. Additionally, they must focus on at least one of the following areas: health and wellness, disease prevention and health management, health disparities, health care education, diversity and inclusion, economic development or community building.
Each year, we review these organizations’ annual reports, expenditure of funds, and indicators of community impact to measure partnership effectiveness.
Texas Health Gives
Texas Health Resources is committed to investing in programs and services that help our local neighborhoods. Texas Health Gives is our signature employee giving and volunteering program.
Our employees not only give with their hands by volunteering, they also give with their hearts by contributing financially to a number of worthy causes and nonprofit organizations.
Each fall, employees show their community support by contributing to one of our strategic nonprofit partners through the Texas Health Community Employee Giving campaign. In 2012, participating employees were given the opportunity to choose and support the United Way, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, March of Dimes and 19 food drive beneficiaries. By integrating our annual food drive into the employee giving campaign, employees are able to donate year-round through payroll deductions.
Together, our employees contributed more than $1 million in 2012 and nearly $7.7 million since the program began in 2006.
As part of our Promise, employees can also donate their accrued paid time off (PTO) through our Helping Hands Fund. This program provides paid hours to colleagues who have exhausted their own PTO, but still need time away from work due to catastrophic events or illness.
Through Texas Health’s Community Time Off program, we pay employees for eight hours of community service per year. Employees can join an existing Texas Health or local community service project or create their own, and get paid to volunteer.
Since 2006, our employees have volunteered more than 40,000 hours in our communities – a contribution valued at more than $1 million. If every employee gave one day of time, Texas Health would be able to provide 100,000 hours of service a year, which would make a remarkable difference in the communities we serve.
In 2012, employees volunteered nearly 8,000 hours of community service and completed more than 400 service projects.
To recognize our employees for their outstanding community service, we established the Community Service Awards in 1997. Presented by our CEO, the award recognizes an individual, group or department for outstanding contributions. Winners also receive a $500 grant to donate to the nonprofit of their choice in our service area.