Helping our Community Reduce
Bring all your medications
to every appointment!
Resources to Help Prevent
Chronic Obtrusive Pulmonary Disease
Urinary Tract Infections
The Tom Green County Partnership for Better Health is part of a state initiative to reduce potentially preventable hospitalizations. Department of State Health Services has contracted with Tom Green County through the Partnership to implement evidence-based interventions, through a community coordinated approach, to reduce hospitalizations and/or hospital charges among adult county residents for Bacterial Pneumonia, Urinary Tract Infections and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The purpose of the initiative is to assist in improving health care and reducing health care costs for Tom Green County residents.
The Texas Department of State Health Services estimates that the combined efforts of all of the state partnerships would result in approximately 6,450 fewer hospitalizations, 11.9% fewer hospitalizations charged to the uninsured, 32.1% fewer hospitalizations charged to Medicaid, and $230.9M in avoided hospital charges on a biennial (two-year) basis.
For more information about the state initiative, please click on the following link:
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The med bag initiative is a campaign designed to raise awareness about taking your medications properly and potentially reducing the number of medications that you need to take. We are encouraging patients to bring all medications, vitamins, and supplements with them to all doctor’s appointments. As a part of this campaign, the Tom Green County Partnership for Better Health will be providing medicine bags that are free to the public. These bags are perfect for safely storing and keeping track of all your medications for easy transport to your next appointment.
Prevention is the key when it comes to reducing your risk hospitalization. Recognizing and managing the symptoms of preventable disease allows patients to seek medical attention before hospitalization is required. On the other hand, preventing disease altogether is a much better alternative. Knowing the steps and lifestyle changes that will help reduce your risk of preventable disease will not only reduce your risk of hospitalization, but will also improve your quality of life overall.
Preventable hospitalization is also very expensive. From 2005-2009, adult residents (18+) of Texas received $31,926,978,628 in charges for hospitalizations that were potentially preventable; $159,959,609 of those charges were in Tom Green County alone. Hospitalizations for such conditions are called “potentially preventable” because if the individual had access to and cooperated with appropriate outpatient healthcare, or had taken the proper steps to help prevent the disease in the first place, the hospitalization would likely not have occurred.
The Tom Green County Partnership for Better Health was formed as a part of a state initiative to help raise awareness and help prevent potentially preventable hospitalizations. The TGCPBH receives state funding, as well as support from our partners within the community. The partnership is coordinated by the Tom Green County Treasurer, Dianna Spiker. To learn more about the partnership, our mission, and Dianna Spiker, please click on the link below.
The partnership is comprised of healthcare organizations, hospitals, non-profits, advocacy, and outreach groups in the Concho Valley. Without the continued support of our partners we would not be able to achieve our goal of reducing preventable hospitalization. While we feel as though we have already made a difference in our community, we are always looking for new partners to join our cause. If your organization is interested in joining the Tom Green County Partnership for Better Health, please click on the link below.