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Industry Spotlight Health Care And the collaborative spirit of the Dallas-Fort Worth health care community plays a major role in supporting and fostering innovation in medicine. “I have been particularly impressed by the willingness of many health care stakeholders in responding positively to a vision to embrace regionalized perinatal care,” Savani said. “On the campus, it is clear that each institution brings considerable strengths to bear on developing a center of excellence in maternal, fetal and neonatal care. Working together with a focus on excellence and quality of care will result in significant gains for the health of the youngest in our society.” The need for premium perinatal and neonatal care in North Texas is indicative of the growing region. With a new person added to the region every four minutes, the growth comes both from migration and birth rate increases. But it also shows that the growth in the medical industry in North Texas can be sustained, and developing world-renowned centers of excellence will ensure that the industry is supported both internally and from patients seeking the best in health care in North Texas. Excellence Draws Patients Chronic hepatitis C infection is a major public health issue with an estimated 200 million people worldwide affected, and North Texas UT Southwestern head-and-neck surgeon is certainly not exempt of this problem. But with the expertise of a globally diverse team of doctors, Methodist Health System, a North Texas regional health care network, is home to The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas which focuses on the long-term care of patients with liver disease. Dr. Hector Nazario, a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist with the practice, grew up in Puerto Rico and studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine but now treats and manages patients The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas 44 NTX Magazine with a wide variety of liver diseases from hepatitis C to fatty liver, and those in need of a liver transplant or who already underwent a transplant. It was the lure of a center of excellence in his practice field and the region’s many prestigious hospitals and health care institutions that drew Nazario here. “North Texas has very successful, well-established and respected liver programs, involved in significant amounts of research in different areas of liver disease,” Nazario said. “The number of leaders, experts and dedicated specialists in this field who work in Dallas-Fort Worth surpasses most other major U.S. cities.” This excellence attracts not only a vast number of physicians to the Dallas-Fort Worth region, Nazario said, but also serves as a magnet for patients from farther locations who don’t have access to the most specialized and cutting-edge health care options that are available in North Texas. “The impact of The Liver Institute at Methodist-Dallas has certainly surpassed North Texas,” Nazario said. “We evaluate patients from other regions and states, as well as international patients who come to live www.ntc-dfw.org