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Transforming Health Care in Tarrant County with JPS Health Network

By Allison Wilson

Managing the health care of yourself and your family can be frustrating. It takes time and effort to find a provider whose practice style suits you, and finding appropriate care is more challenging if your income is limited or you're uninsured.

JPS Health Network believes that everyone, regardless of their station in life, benefits from living in a community where health care is available to all. It offers "transformative health care" that is accessible to all Tarrant County residents.

"Transformation is about improving the health of our communities by identifying the greatest need and reconfiguring our services to meet those needs," says J.R. Labbe, Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs at JPS Health Network. "For example, the 65-plus population of Tarrant County is growing, as it is across the country, so we are expanding services designed for older adults."

In fact, JPS recently announced that it will be hosting free information sessions for Tarrant County residents eligible, or soon to become eligible, for Medicare. The events are "designed to help older adults make the most of their Medicare benefits and the services available at JPS Health Network," according to an October 2015 press release. JPS accepts Medicare and has a special program that can help eligible seniors with expenses that Medicare may not cover, such as the prescription drug coverage Part D coverage gap, better known as the "donut hole." Information sessions will be held at the Tarrant County Medical Society at 555 Hemphill St., Fort Worth. The next session will be on July 11, 2016.

Another example of how JPS is transforming health care is the JPS Medical Home Southeast Tarrant in Arlington, the network's newest clinic. Here, patients can take care of all of their medical needs in one place and see providers who work together to coordinate care, rather than going to one clinic to see a primary care provider, another to see a specialist, another for an X-ray and another for a prescription. For JPS, transformative health care also means focusing on active prevention and education.

"For our patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and congestive heart failure, we reach out to them to make sure they are taking their medications and keeping their appointments, and provide education so patients are empowered to manage their health with our providers as their partners," Labbe says.

While continuing to transform health care locally, JPS also has a vision of becoming a national leader when it comes to quality patient care.

"We often hear long-time area residents express surprise when they come to JPS, because it doesn't seem like the same hospital that they experienced or heard about in decades past," Labbe says. "Both the culture and the facilities have improved dramatically. Our latest facility upgrade included the addition of a state-of-the-art Heart and Vascular Invasive Care Center, which eliminated the need to transfer heart and stroke patients to other hospitals for some procedures."

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