New health network to improve patient experience and access to specialized care

UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Resources form integrated network, to serve all of North Texas and beyond.

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New Regional Health Care Network

Working together for North Texans to access the highest quality care anywhere from preventative to the most acute

Patient and Consumer Benefits

Providing a coordinated and consistent health care service across a 16-county area

Physician and Provider Benefits

Embracing physician care team collaboration to share best practices and innovations

Commitment to Existing Relationships

Strengthening THR and UTSW to support the changing needs of patients

The Need for a Clinically Integrated Health Network

The UT System Board of Regents approved the creation of an integrated regional health network (Integrated Network) including UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Resources (Texas Health) systems. Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., President of UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Barclay Berdan, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources, discuss the new network.

“Together our two organizations are committed to improving the health of the patients and communities we serve by providing accessible, affordable, highest-quality patient-centered care. SWHR is dedicated to value-based, comprehensive, coordinated care. ”

Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D.

President of UT Southwestern

“The integrated network will benefit consumers and caregivers, without changing the relationship patients have with their physicians. What will change is that patients are going to experience better coordinated care and more access to specialty services and clinical trials.”

Barclay Berdan, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer of Texas Health

Viewpoints

It’s an honor to lead the operations of the three Dallas hospitals for Southwestern Health. UT Southwestern’s two university hospitals, combined with the incredible care provided at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, will make for a network that offers North Texans the most advanced care in the country at several locations.

John Warner, M.D.

Senior Executive Officer, Joint Operating Company

We’re excited to work with physicians, whether employed or independent, to access to the benefits of being in the network that will improve access across the continuum of care for North Texans. Participating physicians will meet key standards related to quality and information sharing that will enhance consumer experience.

Dan Varga, M.D.

Senior Executive Officer, Physician Network

I look forward to leading the process of supporting the team of physicians and other health care providers with the data, tools, and staff that they need to integrate their clinical practices to achieve better access to care and improve the outcomes of care through evidence-based medical decisions.

Mack Mitchell, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Physician Network

F.A.Q.'s

What does this network mean for North Texans?

By working together, Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center are making it easier for North Texans to conveniently access the highest quality care from preventative to primary care to the most advanced service in a seamless and coordinated manner across the continuum.

Integrating the strengths of UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Resources will benefit consumers, providers, and the community.

The network of 31 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient facilities and clinics provides improved access to care to communities throughout North Texas.

The network leverages the strengths of two local health care systems and many physician leaders to provide a broad spectrum of care across a continuum — from the most basic to complex intervention, while working to avoid unnecessary duplication of services

What are patient and consumer benefits?

Patients will benefit from access to a larger network of physicians and caregivers, who will provide care in a coordinated and consistent manner, with patient health and trust always as the central goal. 

Southwestern Health Resources creates a network of a broad ranging group of physicians who collectively provide improvements in health care services across a 16-county area.

Through the network, North Texans will benefit from increased access to clinical trials.

What are the benefits for physicians and providers?

This network will embrace physician and care team collaboration – an expanded network of colleagues and expertise, expanded access to clinical trials and new knowledge, and the infrastructure to share best practices and innovations.

The relationship between patients and their physicians will not change – what will change is that patients will have better coordination of their care and more access to specialty services and clinical trials.

What is the relationship between UT Southwestern and THR?

Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center have a history of working together for almost 50 years.

This background forms a strong foundation for Southwestern Health Resources. Formation of the network will not change UT Southwestern Medical Center’s or Texas Health Resources’ existing relationships.

Specifically, Texas Health’s relationship with the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center and UT Southwestern’s partnership with Parkland Health & Hospital System and its other relationships, including those with Children’s Health™ and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

UT Southwestern also remains committed to its affiliations with independent physicians, including those in the UT Southwestern Clinically Affiliated Physicians (UTSCAP) program.

This network will allow Texas Health and UT Southwestern to thrive in the changing landscape of health care delivery, constantly anticipating change as it appears on the horizon and responding to changing patient expectations and uncertain market forces.