Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
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Texas Business reports: ARLINGTON, Texas and ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Huguley Memorial Medical Center in south Fort Worth is becoming part of the Texas Health Resources health system.
Texas Health and Adventist Health System, the parent company of Huguley Memorial Medical Center, have formed a joint venture company that will own and manage the hospital.
The agreement is effective May 1, 2012.
Huguley Memorial Medical Center will remain a non-profit organization, and over time, is expected to adopt the Texas Health brand. Texas Health will own controlling interest in the joint venture, and Adventist Health System will continue to manage the daily operations of the hospital.
The service area of Huguley Memorial Medical Center complements the areas served by Texas Health facilities in southwest Fort Worth, Cleburne, Burleson and Arlington. This agreement extends the Texas Health network south and east down the Interstate 35W corridor.
“This agreement allows our two organizations to better serve the people of south Tarrant County, Johnson County and Ellis County,” said Texas Health Resources chief executive Doug Hawthorne in a prepared statement. “Both Texas Health and Adventist Health System have strong foundations as faith-based, non-profit health systems that are dedicated to improving health in the communities we serve. Given today’s challenging health care environment, it makes sense for us to look for opportunities to collaborate with other health systems to improve the health of our communities.”
“Health care is changing and we must work together and work smarter to more effectively meet the health care needs of those we serve,” said Ken Finch, Huguley Memorial Medical Center chief executive, in a statement. “I believe this new partnership will be a great benefit to our communities, physicians, employees, and patients as we combine our resources and talents to better reach more people in need.”
Many Huguley-affiliated physicians are already on the medical staff of a Texas Health hospital and participating in Texas Health’s quality improvement initiatives.
Texas Health is building a health information exchange (HIE) to connect to the existing Adventist Health System HIE, enabling the eventual integration of Texas Health and Huguley Memorial Medical Center’s patient clinical records.
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