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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Mobile Breast Screening Program Expanded to Help More Women

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

If women in North Texas can’t go to hospitals and clinics for breast cancer screenings and follow-up, we’ll take the potentially life-saving diagnostics and treatments to them. That’s the concept behind an innovative program operated successfully in Tarrant County for more than two years by Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and the UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute.

The program recently received nearly $1 million in funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to expand into five additional counties. Texas Health Fort Worth and Moncrief Cancer Institute will work with the Texas Health Research & Education Institute to expand the program into Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker and Wise counties.

The program provides comprehensive mammography and follow-up services using mobile units. Staff members work with community and business leaders to offer culturally appropriate educational services. Data collected from the screenings helps identify trends in diagnosis and treatment.

Expanding this vital program will help underserved women in North Texas receive screenings and treatment that may save their lives. We are honored to work alongside business and community leaders on this important project to improve the health of North Texans.

For Texas Health Resources and its 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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