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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Hawthorne Chairs 2009 March of Dimes Walk (Part 2)

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

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month, and as chairman of the 2009 Dallas and Fort Worth area March for Babies, I’d like to share what the March of Dimes and Texas Health are doing to prevent premature birth.

Despite advances in medicine, premature births remain high today, affecting nearly 500,000 newborns annually. Prematurity is the leading killer of newborns. For babies who survive premature birth, it can cause an array of neurological illnesses including cerebral palsy and mental retardation.

In the United States, the annual economic cost associated with preterm birth is more than $26 billion. The March of Dimes is working hard to raise awareness and fund additional research to identify the causes of premature birth. As a father of five and grandfather of three beautiful baby girls, the health of babies is an issue close to my heart.

Texas Health hospitals partner with March of Dimes to offer programs which have been nationally recognized. Our two flagship hospitals, Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth and Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, are among 16 of the nation’s leading hospitals working to redefine perinatal care as part of a national initiative to eliminate preventable birth injuries.

For more information about the March of Dimes and the 2009 March for Babies on April 18, visit

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

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