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Health and Wellness
With a population of more than 6 million, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is home to some of the finest hospitals and specialty health-care facilities staffed by talented, recognized physicians and providers. Residents of all ages, from newborns to older adults, have access to a suite of comprehensive services and treatments. In addition, many facilities are newly built, ensuring the most modern and state-of-the-art equipment is utilized. Learn more in this section about specific hospitals and facilities available in the region.

Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the total health industry in North Texas is greater than the health industry of 31 other states. According to a Dallas Economic Development 2008 report, health/education holds 12% of economic industry share for the city which is more than manufacturing and leisure/hospitality. Experts are expecting this percent to rise as the health care industry grows in response to the population increase of nine million total people forecasted for 2030. The pediatric population alone is expected to reach 2.6 million in Dallas/Fort Worth by 2019.

A number of health systems have large and prestigious medical centers in Dallas including the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas which has four Nobel Laureates on faculty. Many of these health care systems have hospitals and specialty facilities located throughout the region in various suburban cities.

Health services in Tarrant County also offer excellent and convenient care. There are 33 hospitals with nearly 5, 000 beds and 348 bassinets. The children’s hospital has 297 beds and operates neighborhood clinics which had more than 50,000 patient visits in 2008. In addition, Tarrant County is home to four government hospitals; 65 nursing homes; the Fort Worth Public Health Center; Cancer Clinic and the University of North Texas Health Science Center. It was announced this spring that in 2011 Children’s Medical Center will be opening a $21 million, 34,000-square-foot specialty-care center in Southlake.

MAJOR HEALTH SYSTEMS
— BAYLOR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Baylor Health Care System is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care provider serving nearly 1.4 million patients through its network of 212 access points. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a major research and teaching facility for the Southwest, anchors the Baylor network which includes a total of 25 hospitals. In addition, access points include: ambulatory surgical/endoscopy centers, satellite outpatient locations, senior centers, and physician clinics through the HealthTexas Provider Network. Patient-centered medical research is conducted at the Baylor Research Institute and fundraising to support the System’s mission is led by the Baylor Health Care System Foundation.
Baylor employs more than 20,000, making it the third largest private-sector employer in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. More than 4,500 physicians comprise the current medical staff. For fiscal year 2009, Baylor recorded $3.9 billion in total assets and $452.4 million community benefit.
Known for its quality initiatives, Baylor became the first health care system in the State of Texas to receive the National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas has been named in US News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” guide for 18 consecutive years and has the highest patient satisfaction ratings of any teaching hospital in the country according to Consumer Reports. Below are the owned and operated hospitals that comprise the Baylor Health Care System.
  • Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth
  • Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton
  • Baylor Medical Center at Garland
  • Baylor Medical Center at Irving
  • Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
  • Baylor Medical Center at Southwest Fort Worth
  • Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie
  • Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine
  • Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano
  • Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
  • Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
  • Baylor Specialty Hospital
  • Our Children's House at Baylor
  • Paul and Judy Andrews Women's Hospital at Baylor All Saints
  • Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital
  • The HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano

— TEXAS HEALTH RESOURCES
Texas Health Resources (THR) is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. The system's primary service area consists of 16 counties in north central Texas, home to more than 6.2 million people.

Texas Health was formed in 1997 with the assets of Fort Worth-based Harris Methodist Health System and Dallas-based Presbyterian Healthcare Resources. Later that year, Arlington Memorial Hospital joined the THR system.

Texas Health has 12 acute-care hospitals and one long-term care hospital that total 3,355 licensed hospital beds, employs more than 18,000 people, and counts more than 3,600 physicians with active staff privileges at its hospitals. Texas Health is also a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers.
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Allen
  • Texas Health Arlington Memorial
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Azle
  • Texas Health Burleson
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Cleburne
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Denton
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hurst-Euless-Bedford
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Kaufman
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Plano
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Stephenville
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest Fort Worth
  • Texas Health Specialty Hospital

— METHODIST HEALTH SYSTEM
The Methodist vision started in 1924 with a group of Methodist ministers and civic leaders devoted to bringing quality health care to the growing city of Dallas. With the support of the Methodist Church, local congregations, and other donors, founders built Dallas Methodist Hospital, a 100-bed facility south of the Trinity River, overlooking downtown Dallas. Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) uses some of the latest medical technology and research to bring quality health care to individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center is a 515-bed hospital located just southwest of downtown Dallas. The
medical center serves as the teaching and referral center for the Methodist Health System. Methodist
Dallas’ services include cancer treatment, cardiology, emergency/trauma care, gastroenterology, general
surgery, intensive care, neonatal intensive care, nephrology, neuro critical care, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, rehabilitation services, pulmonology, radiology, transplantation, urology, and women’s services.
  • Methodist Dallas Medical Center
  • Methodist Charlton Medical Center
  • Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner
  • Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital

— TENET HEALTHCARE

Tenet Healthcare Corporation is a health care services company whose subsidiaries and affiliates own and operate acute care hospitals and related ancillary health care businesses. Tenet's hospitals and other businesses are committed to providing quality care to the patients they serve.
  • Centennial Medical Center
  • Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
  • Lake Pointe Medical Center

— VA NORTH TEXAS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Dallas VA Medical Center (VAMC), the referral center for VA North Texas Health Care System, has cared for America's military veterans for over half a century. The 84-acre campus employs approximately 3,600 staff, and over 1,100 volunteers serve in many capacities throughout the campus.

Dallas VAMC is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care in medicine, surgery, mental health and rehabilitation medicine. Innovative clinical services include cardiac surgery, geriatric care, magnetic resonance imaging, women veteran services, interventional chronic pain procedures, and care for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. The facility has four ICUs, 13 operating rooms, two linear accelerators, two MRIs and a state of the art cardiac catheterization lab.

PUBLIC HEALTH
— PARKLAND HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SYSTEM

Parkland is redefining public health care. Time has changed technology, leading causes of disease and death, emergency transportation and the outward appearance of the facility; however, the health and hospital system’s mission for the future is based on the same promise it was founded upon—the pledge of medical care to all in need. Parkland serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. More than 60 percent of the doctors in the Dallas area have undergone formal training at Parkland. The hospital system boasts 10 Centers of Excellence with the most skilled health professionals and state-of-the-art tools and equipment:Trauma; Burns; Spinal Cord Injuries; Cancer; Endocrinology; Women & Infants; Epilepsy; Gastroenterology; Cardiology; and Orthopedics. A new health care campus is currently being built to replace the current hospital which opened in 1954 when patient volumes and the Dallas County population were much smaller. The new facilities will encompass 1.68 million square feet of space and includes: 862-bed adult inpatient hospital; outpatient clinic building; office building; and parking. The total size of the project will be $1.2 billion. In order to reduce the burden on taxpayers, the financing plan includes not only bond proceeds but also cash reserves from Parkland and philanthropic dollars raised by the Parkland Foundation.

SPECIALITY
— CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER

Children’s Medical Center is one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the nation. As the only academic healthcare facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18, Children's provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology and cystic fibrosis. In addition, Children's is a major pediatric kidney, liver, intestine, heart and bone marrow transplant center. As the primary pediatric teaching facility for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the medical staff at Children's conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and greater understanding of pediatric diseases.

The Children's system is licensed for 559 beds and has more than 50 subspecialty programs. The Dallas hospital was the first designated Level I trauma center for pediatrics in Texas. To better serve the region's growing pediatric population, the 72-bed Children's Medical Center at Legacy opened in 2008 in Plano, Texas.

— COOK CHILDREN’S

Cook Children’s is one of the country’s leading integrated pediatric health care delivery systems. Based in Fort Worth, the non-profit organization includes a nationally recognized Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health Company, Health Plan, Health Foundation and Health Care System.

Cook Children’s includes more than 35 pediatric primary care offices and specialty clinics throughout Texas. Cook Children’s Medical Center is ranked in the top 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals for its nursing excellence and has a distinguished reputation for the uncommon care and outcomes achieved in its Neurology and Neurosurgery, Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neonatology, Hematology/Oncology and Pulmonology programs.

— PAUL AND JUDY ANDREWS WOMEN’S HOSPITAL AT BAYLOR ALL SAINTS

This new four-story facility is nearly 190,000 square feet and offers traditional maternity services, including Fort Worth’s largest level III neonatal intensive care unit. It will expand to include a wide range of specialty services including a comprehensive breast center, gynecologic care, genetic testing services, reproductive medicine and pelvic and urogynecologic care. The Andrews Women’s Hospital also features 24-hour care for obstetrical and gynecological patients with an 8-bed triage unit and a 5-bed area for maternal fetal exams. These units are staffed by a team with experience in prenatal issues and high-risk pregnancies.

— TEXAS HEALTH SPECIALTY HOSPITAL
Texas Health Specialty Hospital opened in 1989 as a hospital licensed for 15 beds on the campus of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Currently, the hospital serves adult patients with medically complex hospital needs of 25 days or more such as acute and chronic renal failure, prolonged respiratory assistance and wound management requiring complex intervention. This is done with a multidisciplinary team approach working closely with patients and families to achieve optimal outcomes.

EDUCATION
— UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER

As one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, UT Southwestern trains the physicians, medical scientists and health-care professionals of the future. With about 230 medical school students admitted each year, admission to UT Southwestern is highly competitive. Medical students learn to become highly skilled practitioners. Researchers are trained to lead the way in developing the latest in biomedical science. Students from the health professions programs go on to become integral members of our nation's health-care delivery and education system.

UT Southwestern's physicians are equipped to bring the latest laboratory findings to each patient and provide inpatient care to nearly 97,000 people and oversee approximately 1.8 million outpatient visits annually. Physicians provide care to patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children's Medical Center Dallas and the VA North Texas Health Care System, as well as the Aston Building, the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and other affiliated hospitals and clinics in North Texas.

SENIORS
Dallas county estimated 202,092 adults age 65 years of age and older within its boundaries in 2008 according the U.S. Census. With aging of the Baby Boomers and the influx of millions of new households in the next few decades, this group is expected to grow dramatically, making factors affecting seniors all that more important. By 2030, national projections estimate that the population of those 65 years of age and older will make up almost 20 percent of the general population.

The good news is that paying for senior related health cost in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex will get you more here then in other states. According to Genworth's 2010 Cost of Care Survey, home care costs, as well as costs of other long term care services, are lower in Texas than they are nationally

As a result of national and local aging trends, increased attention is being paid to the 60 years of age and older population. Examples include Dallas Area Agency on Aging (DAAA), Dallas’ senior advocacy group. The mission of the DAAA is to serve as the focal point and advocate on behalf of persons 60 years of age and older who reside in Dallas County by planning, developing and coordinating services that ensure a system that positively impacts their health, honor and dignity.

Dallas County Health & Human Services operate the Older Adult Service Program which includes 10 senior centers that provide free meals, activities and programs for Dallas County residents over the age of 60.

SELECTING A PHYSICIAN
Once you’re settled in to your new community, it’s important that you select a doctor for you and your family. Here are a few ideas and suggestions to begin the process:
  • Consult your company’s health plan and its list of preferred providers who will accept the company’s insurance.
  • Ask family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or professionals with whom you’re in contact. Find out what they like best and least about their doctors.
  • Use hospital physician referral services, but keep in mind the services refer you to any of the doctors on staff but do not offer information on the quality of care these doctors provide.
  • Check the “DoctorFinder” service of the American Medical Association at www.ama-assn.org. DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States, which includes more than 814,000 doctors. You can search by doctor name, location or specialty.
  • Be sure the doctor is board–certified. All U.S. board-certified physicians are listed with the American Board of Medical Specialties (www.abms.org) or call (866) 275-2267. The American Medical Association provides information about U.S. licensed physicians at www.ama-assn.org.

Other online resources, including www.healthgrades.com or www.doctordirectory.com provide search by name, specialty and location.

BEFORE YOU CALL THE DOCTOR
It is evident by the sheer abundance of health care systems and medical facilities in the Metroplex that you will have no problem finding the best one to fit your family’s needs. However, it is important to remember that, while the preceding pages of Relocating to Dallas/Fort Worth have presented a large selection of options, it is only a short survey of what the region has to offer in the field of health care.

Before you schedule an appointment or visit a health care facility, be sure it accepts your family’s health insurance plan. Many providers accept different insurance plans, so knowing where you’re covered and where you’re not is key. Often you can find a list of insurance companies that are accepted on the health care provider’s website. Alternately, contact your insurance company or health care provider for more information.

In addition, your insurance company may have facilities and providers classified as “in-network” or “out-of-network.” Visiting providers that are “in-network” can save you lots of money, so it is worthwhile to determine if a health care provider you are considering is in your network. If not, you may consider finding a similar “in-network” provider to avoid paying additional costs charged by “out-of-network” providers.

If you are without health insurance, it is always useful to research any low-cost clinics available in your area. Financial programs are often available for low-income families or families without insurance. For instance, PrimaCare Medical Centers operate 11 clinics around the Metroplex and have a discount program for those uninsured. The physicians working at the 11 PrimaCare Medical Centers are employed by PrimaMed Physicians Association. Physicians at PrimaCare practice primary care, urgent care and occupational medicine. The practitioners are trained in family practice or internal medicine and are board certified in their specialty.

Also consider that your relationship with a physician and medical staff is often the most important factor in determining the best health care provider. Your health and wellness is a personal matter and finding the facility that best meets your expectations is crucial. With so many options to choose from in the Metroplex, remember that if you are not comfortable with your first choice, you are free to try another. It is more than likely that you can find multiple facilities offering similar services within close proximity of each other. Remember that there are many medical-related institutions in Dallas alone. Also, be sure to keep a copy of Relocating to Dallas/Fort Worth readily available as you begin investigating your options.
 
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