Texas Health Advances Well-Being with New Center Coordinating Physician-directed Population Health|
Tricia Nguyen, M.D., Appointed President of
Texas Health Population Health, Education & Innovation Center
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has taken another step to transform health care and become a nationally recognized leader in improving well-being, engaging physicians and coordinating care across the continuum of health care settings. The largest health system in North Texas today unveiled plans for the Texas Health Population Health, Education & Innovation Center and announced the appointment of Tricia Nguyen, M.D., as the Center’s president.
|Tricia Nguyen, M.D.
The Texas Health Population Health, Education & Innovation Center will serve as the nexus for sharing best practices, disseminating information about innovative approaches, leading physician-directed population health initiatives and coordinating community-based well-being collaboration.
Dan Varga, M.D., senior executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Texas Health, announced the appointment of Nguyen as the president of the Texas Health Population Health, Education & Innovation Center and executive vice president of Population Health for the Texas Health system. Nguyen joins Texas Health from Banner Health Network in Arizona, where she served as chief medical officer. She will report to Varga.
"Texas Health is the vanguard of improving well-being and implementing physician-directed population health initiatives,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. “We are leading the way in advancing from the old world of episodic, fee-for-service health care to the new world of accountable care and a value-based model of health care. The Center will play a key role in aligning clinical, operational, research and educational strategies to fulfill our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.”
Varga added, “Through the Texas Health Population Health, Education & Innovation Center, Dr. Nguyen will lead our efforts to further identify, develop and implement the strategies and policies to bring a full continuum of population health services to the people in the communities of North Texas. The Center will also promote patient-centered practices that emphasize caring for the whole individual – body, mind and spirit. The Center will provide many avenues for us to learn from our efforts and share the results through conferences, publications and other communication opportunities.”
“Texas Health is implementing many innovative approaches to improving well-being,” added Barclay Berdan, FACHE, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We’re making great strides to expand our focus from acute care to prevention, well-being, managing chronic disease and post-acute care. We still have much work to do, and the Center will facilitate our ability to collaborate with those who are like-minded and want to work with us to achieve our mission.”
The Center will house Texas Health’s research and medical education activities as well as technology initiatives for interdisciplinary clinical research, analytics, predictive modeling, data management and remote patient monitoring. Community health and faith-based outreach activities will also be coordinated through the Center.
One example of the initiatives that will be coordinated by the Center is the recently launched Blue Zone Project with the city of Fort Worth. The Blue Zone Project aims to improve the overall well-being of the community by creating collaborative efforts involving local government agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and community-based organizations. The Blue Zone Project was launched in partnership with Healthways, Inc., the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Texas Health funded the initial assessment of Fort Worth as a possible Blue Zone Project city. The project is the largest of its kind ever attempted in the U.S., and it has generated much enthusiasm among community and business leaders of Fort Worth.
Before joining Texas Health, Nguyen’s responsibilities at Banner Health included accountable care organization strategies, and clinical integration and population health work across the physician network. Nguyen has a broad range of experience working with providers, hospitals and payers, all focused on establishing the foundations for population health and outcomes-based reimbursement. She has worked as an emergency medicine physician, a clinical leader in hospital settings and as an executive champion for improving the health and well-being of the people in the community. She will start her new position with Texas Health in late September.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley Hospitals, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org.