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Leading Medicine Magazine, Vol 7, No 1 - 2013

LETTER FROM THE CEO Organizations across the country often ask me to speak about the impact of health care reform on hospitals like Methodist and more importantly, on patients like them. This topic is broad and complex and often deserves more discussion than a lunchtime agenda will allow. But there are a few certainties. One of them is that Methodist is well-positioned to adapt to the changing landscape of reform because it has always been and will continue to be dedicated to quality, patient safety and service. These performance measures are central to reform policy and Methodist is a national leader across the board. Just this year, U.S.News & World Report named The Methodist Hospital the No. 1 hospital in Texas. We have built our reputation on delivering an exceptional standard of care and we will continue to raise the bar even higher. Another certainty in the reform discussion is that we as a country must improve our health. The current health care system is ill-equipped to manage the population’s predicted array of chronic health conditions, many of them related to the obesity epidemic. The statistics about the future of our health are staggering, but the good news is we can do something about it. An active and healthy lifestyle is one of the most effective ways to control the ever-rising costs of health care. This issue of Leading Medicine highlights how to stay active, especially after injury. Methodist physicians are helping their patients — many of them professional athletes — push the boundaries of human performance. Our cover story highlights Houston Texan Arian Foster, one of the best running backs in the NFL. His diet and training regimen offer fascinating insight into the capabilities — and limits — of the human body. Foster and many of the athletes featured in this issue reveal that knowing your limits is just as important as pushing your limits. And our medical experts weigh in on how to do both. As the health care providers to Houston’s professional athletes, dancers, singers and other performing artists, Methodist physicians specialize in keeping their patients active, injury-free and healthy. From Olympians to everyday runners, our patients share their stories of recovery and ultimately, success. In keeping with our mission of promoting good health, Methodist works with companies across the city to help their employees get and stay healthy. New Astros owner Jim Crane talks about the importance of these corporate wellness programs. And staff at our own Wellness Center offer tips on how to overcome obstacles to exercise in the Healthy Living section. I’m issuing a prescription to make a commitment to improving your own health. You can start here. Best of luck! Marc L. Boom, M.D. Leading Medicine • Volume 7, Number 1 3


Leading Medicine Magazine, Vol 7, No 1 - 2013
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