A never ending game of “Whac-A-Smoke”


By W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council Just when you think smoking is decreasing, another tobacco product pops up. The insistence of smoking products reminds me of a game I used to play at the State Fair. Remember “Whac-A-Mole,” where we used a plastic mallet to attempt to tag that irritating mole popping up where you least expect it? … Read More

After the rains, watch for mosquitoes


By W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council Mark Twain once said, “Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” That certainly describes this stormy past month of May in Texas. We express our heartfelt sympathy to the victims and their families in the recent floods. We also know homes, property and personal items were destroyed, creating hardships … Read More

Is it close enough?


Blog by Steve Love We frequently read articles examining why the healthcare cost in some cities is higher than others. Healthcare delivery is complex no matter the locale and there are many factors. Some components are brutally simple, with one specific “public health focus” potentially saving millions of dollars in North Texas healthcare costs. Many of our cities (Irving, Richardson, … Read More

DFWHC participates in Vaccinate Texas campaign


Don’t sit on your spurs, the flu just rolled in! Working with Texas pharmacists, healthcare organizations and legislators, the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) is participating in the launch of a Walgreens outreach campaign to educate people on the importance of the flu vaccination. The Vaccinate Texas campaign, which runs from now until the end of the year, highlights cultural aspects … Read More

The single most preventable cause of death


I am a native Virginian and proud of my heritage. I remember as a small boy visiting the warehouses where flue-cured tobacco was auctioned to the major companies for processing into cigarettes. John Rolfe, a young man from Jamestown, was the first colonist to grow tobacco in America. He secured the initial seeds from Trinidad and in 1612 produced his … Read More