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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health Dallas’ Intensivist Program
11/09/2009

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

With the recent opening of Hamon Tower at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, North Texas is now home to one of the world’s most technologically advanced medical complexes devoted to the care of critically ill patients.

In addition to leading edge diagnostics and bedside electronic medical records, Texas Health Dallas offers one of the region’s few intensivist programs. The intensivist program places board-certified critical care physicians in the intensive care unit — at the patients' beside, where life-saving treatments can be administered at any moment.

The traditional hospital ICU model is to have pulmonologists and other critical care physicians on-call, with their responsibilities divided between the ICU and other areas of the hospital. The intensivist program allows these highly qualified, critical care physicians to remain in the ICU throughout the day. This allows them to continually oversee the care of our most critically ill patients. These physicians are supported in the ICU by critical care nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

The intensivist program at Texas Health Dallas is designed to improve outcomes and help patients recover more rapidly from conditions such as respiratory arrest or heart failure. Ultimately, this will help reduce healthcare costs.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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