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A Note From UT Southwestern's Daniel K. Podolsky

An open letter from Daniel K. Podolsky, the president of the UT Southwestern Medical Center, on the launch of the Trib+Health newsletter.

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is delighted to join The Texas Tribune in the launch of Trib+Health.

As an academic medical center, the mission of UT Southwestern is found at the nexus of patient care, medical education and research. Our faculty and staff discover new therapies, train the next generation of doctors and provide care to all those who come to us in need.  

As we begin 2015, the pace of change in health care has never been greater. It is being reshaped virtually continuously by new medical knowledge, and changing expectations including increasing transparency and accountability, as well as marketplace, political and regulatory forces.

That is why access to reliable information is more important than ever. Whether a provider, consumer or payer, everyone should want to understand perspectives on health care-related issues in Austin and Washington, as well as those within the industry.

While policy is debated, we are mindful that few people consider health care only in abstract terms. Health care is personal.  Everyone has a desire for a healthy, productive life – personally, as well as for family, friends and community.

Our hope in partnering with the Tribune is to bring our long-standing and deep involvement in all dimensions of health care as well as medical science and education to the public discussion of these critical issues.

This health care newsletter would not be possible without a partner equally committed to advancing public understanding and debate of these critical issues. We appreciate the Tribune’s dedication of resources to this important area and look forward to working together.

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