Texas Health Resources Partners with UT Southwestern Medical Center

Texas Health Resources, separately announced plans to partner with one of its competitors, UT Southwestern Medical Center. Together, the new network, called Southwestern Health Resources, will comprise 27 hospitals and an "expansive" network of about 3,000 physicians across northern Texas.

All told, the new supersystem will serve 16 north Texas counties and 7 million residents. Daniel Podolsky, M.D., president of UT Southwestern, says the move came amid other such consolidation in Texas and across the nation, along with the growing demand from patients to provide the whole gamut of health care services in a coordinated, affordable fashion.

"We see the landscape of health care delivery and the expectations of stakeholders evolving in important and significant ways," he says. "Those expectations include the ability to provide the full continuum of care, as well as delivering greater value in terms of efficiency, safety and quality of outcomes. To a degree, therefore, you need a breadth of competencies, but also scale, as payment models increasingly move toward putting the risk on the provider." — MARTY STEMPNIAK •