More North Texans come to Texas Health Resources (THR) hospitals for their care than to any other health care provider. THR hospitals face formidable challenges to keep pace with an ever-growing demand, but we are determined to stay true to our faith- based mission to improve the health of people in the communities we serve. We know what we must do, and we have the plan and energy to do it.
Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation is vital to the mission of THR and Presbyterian Healthcare System. We need your continued support and involvement so we can provide the margin of excellence and community benefit you’ve come to expect from Presbyterian hospitals.
Nonprofit hospitals are the bedrock of the health care system in North Texas, caring for two out of every three residents. As a nonprofit, Presbyterian Healthcare System faces challenges on many fronts. Government funding for health care is under constant downward pressure, while the costs of providing care continue to rise. Competition is intense–for patients, staff and up-to-date facilities. Advances in medical technology present new treatment possibilities, and, at the same time, create new funding chal- lenges to acquire and maintain the technology. Plus, we’re investing significant resources to continuously improve the quality of medical care and patient safety.
Meanwhile, the number of uninsured people in our society continues to increase. Texas now leads the nation in uninsured, with more than one in four residents without health coverage. We’re also facing the looming challenge of increased demand for services as the baby boom generation ages and approaches retirement. So in addition to providing a safety net of charity care for people who do not have the means to pay, Presbyterian hospitals reach out through uncompensated community benefit programs designed to teach people-of all ages and all economic levels-how to live healthier lives.
We face significant challenges, but your advocacy and financial support will make it possible for Presbyterian hospitals to provide the quality of care you expect and to reach beyond the walls of our hospitals into the community.
In addition to your philanthropic support, we encourage you to help us educate other community leaders, policy makers and consumers about the key role nonprofit health care systems play in the welfare of our communities.
Thank you very much for your support.
Douglas D. Hawthorne
PRESIDENT & CEO TEXAS HEALTH RESOURCES PRESBYTERIAN HEALTHCARE RESOURCES