Dear friends,

At a time when the Lone Star State is facing unprecedented health care challenges – ranking lower than most other states in terms of access to care, insured residents, public health funding, Medicaid reimbursement and more – Texas Health is making strategic investments to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.

Recognizing that we cannot address long-standing social and health problems alone, we collaborate with like-minded organizations to make meaningful progress. In 2018, we launched Texas Health Community Impact to drive community health improvements where they are needed most. Through this structure and process, we are awarding grants to local nonprofits to help implement innovative solutions that address social determinants of health, reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for the people in our communities.

In addition to Community Impact, we continued investing in and advocating for resources and services for Medicaid recipients, the uninsured, other vulnerable populations, as well as those in need of behavioral health services and chronic disease management support.

For the residents of Fort Worth, we spent the last five years collaborating with stakeholders to create programs and policies that enhance their health and quality of life. According to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index®, these efforts have improved the city’s well-being ranking by 127 places and facilitated its certification as the nation’s largest Blue Zones Community® – a remarkable achievement1. Thousands of people – as well as businesses, schools, restaurants and grocery stores – are making well-being a priority.

Over the course of the year, Texas Health made significant investments to build and expand health care infrastructure and services in Frisco, Fort Worth, Allen and Mansfield to help address population health in North Texas. We also focused on making care more convenient for consumers by providing mobile urgent care services, extending appointment hours and launching TexasHealthFamilyCare.com, which offers quick access to primary care doctors, scheduling tools and health information.

Our employees’ talent and compassion – and the investments we have made in their development and well-being – earned us continued recognition for our excellent workplace and culture. Texas Health was named:

  • Fortune magazine’s list of Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma (No. 1)
  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® (No. 15)
  • Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Texas (No. 19)
  • Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces for Women (No. 5)
  • Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Diversity (No. 8)
  • Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Gen X’ers (No. 4)
  • National Business Group on Health® Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles

These accolades are the result of our system’s leaders and employees who are making advancements each day to strengthen our culture and enrich the lives of their colleagues and patients. I am truly blessed to be working with such an esteemed group of individuals.

As No. 19 on the Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back in the nation, Texas Health provided $2 million in charitable contributions and sponsorships and enabled employees to volunteer a record-breaking 11,033 community service hours with local nonprofits.

Within our own walls, we continued refining strategies to improve the quality, safety and delivery of care we provide at the bedside. This helped us greatly reduce infection rates as well as earn recertification from The Joint Commission for meeting its performance standards. We also invested in projects to improve workplace safety and caregiver security, decrease environmental impacts and reduce drug and procurement costs.

In 2019, we will continue to advance our vision of partnering with you for a lifetime of health and well-being by working collaboratively to help develop healthier communities, positively influence the health care environment and enhance the future of care delivery. Thank you for embracing our Mission and Vision.

Sincerely,

BARCLAY E. BERDAN, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer

1 A Blue Zones Community is an area in which citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores and community leaders have come together to optimize residents’ longevity and well-being.