DFWHC applauds Arlington’s new smoking ban


For almost a decade, the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) has advocated for non-smoking businesses frequented by the public. The City of Arlington approved a new smoking ban two weeks ago, prompting the city to consider itself officially “smoke-free.” “We continue our efforts in North Texas, as last year Denton, Red Oak, Duncanville, DeSoto and Seagoville enacted smoke-free ordinances,” said W. … Read More

A North Texas New Year’s Resolution


By W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council It’s that time of year when we begin our New Year’s resolutions. There is one that North Texas could adopt that would save lives and improve the health of everyone, especially our children. It would advance our population health and reduce cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, SIDS and other respiratory disorders. Before you … Read More

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

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