Belief that people with higher well-being contribute more to families, communities, and job performance drives model of physician-directed health team
ARLINGTON, Texas, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Poor health costs Dallas-Fort Worth communities $17 billion each year in lost productivity. Health behaviors influence 50 to 70% of health, but only 4% of the nation's health care dollars are spent on behaviors.
"Texas Health Resources believes that healthy people are happier, contribute more to their families, communities and jobs, and have less financial impact on the health care system," said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Dallas-based Texas Health Resources, the largest health care system in North Texas in terms of patients served.
Hawthorne made the remarks during the announcement of a new collaboration with Healthways, one of the pioneers in using evidence-based tools and methods to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Texas Health Resources and Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) today announced a strategic agreement with a 10-year commitment to dramatically change the way health care is accessed by and delivered to the people of North Texas. Together, the two companies will place physicians and their patients at the core of a collaborative model to optimize clinical care and enable individuals to become active participants in their well-being rather than simply consumers of health care services.
Hawthorne continued, "Together, we're developing a new model for health services in North Texas that we believe will help fulfill our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. Focusing on Well-Being, we think this could become a model for other communities across the nation."Successfully launching a proactive well-being improvement model begins at the point of highest trust and influence with individuals of any population," added Hawthorne. "That means working with physicians and other providers to reinforce and strengthen the relationship they have with their patients."
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