Douglas D. Hawthorne is CEO of Texas Health Resources, a health system with 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals. Texas Health also has relationships with helicopter air ambulances and other health-related ventures. As CEO, Hawthorne has overseen the joining of several highly successful healthcare brands—Presbyterian Healthcare Resources, Harris Methodist Hospitals and Arlington Memorial Hospital—a move that helped create Texas Health Resources in 1997. Texas Health has been reaping the benefits of his strategy and vision ever since and has enjoyed a successful integration of the organizations into one health system that serves one in every four people in North Texas.

At Texas Health Resources, Transparency Drives Performance Improvement

Demonstrating our commitment to accountability and transparency to drive continuous performance improvement, the Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees and senior leadership recently approved creating a patient safety and quality dashboard that will give everyone–employers, physicians, patients and the public–an unbiased window into performance at all of Texas Health Resources’ wholly-owned hospitals. Full Story

Doug Hawthorne Looks Back, and to the Future

There are many challenges ahead for our society as we attempt to gain more control over what is a huge portion of our country’s economic life. But it is not just up to those of us in the healthcare industry to change. Truly effective, transformational change will happen only through the combined efforts of the healthcare industry, employers, insurance companies, policy makers, and, perhaps most important, consumers. I am confident that the people of North Texas are up to the challenge. Full Story

Advancing Through the Chaos of Transformation

Plain-old, everyday kinds of changes are hard for most people. Even simple changes in routine or business-as-usual are often disruptive and uncomfortable. When we magnify the scale of change to encompass the transformation of an entire industry, the disruption and discomfort can become enormous. The healthcare industry, according to The World Bank, represents approximately 17.7 percent of our nation’s economy, and the industry is going through a massive transformation. In one way or another, we’re probably all dealing with at least some of the changes that are occurring in healthcare, and that is generating a lot of anxiety and heated… Full Story

Breaking Down the Silos

For decades the healthcare system has operated in silos resulting in fragmented care that focused on episodic treatment of disease rather than managing the overall well-being of an individual. As a result, healthcare in the U.S. evolved into transactional medicine, with doctors and hospitals caring for one case, one disease at a time, as patients showed up in our ERs and sick-care clinics. Texas Health Resources’ mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve, and that goes beyond caring for people in our hospitals.  As one of the largest faith-based health systems in the… Full Story

The New World of Healthcare Will Be Built Through Collaboration

It is too soon to know what changes, if any, might be made to the Affordable Care Act as a result of the recent elections and the upcoming debates over taxes, spending cuts and sequestration. What we do know is that the most effective healthcare reform will happen through collaboration at the local level among health systems, physicians, employers, and payers. Healthcare should not be a partisan issue. We must work together to meet the challenges of providing quality healthcare for the people in the communities we serve and control the cost of care. Our hope is that we can… Full Story

Changing the Model

The healthcare landscape is undergoing tremendous changes. We don’t know the outcome of the elections this fall, but we do know that healthcare reform will continue to be a critical issue because the system as it has existed for decades is not sustainable for the long term. No matter what happens in the nation’s capital, the most effective reforms will happen through cooperation at the local level, not because of directives from Washington, D.C., or Austin. Effective change will happen only through close collaboration among physicians, health systems, employers, community leaders, and payers. Here are some eye-opening statistics. Companies in… Full Story