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UnitedHealthcare and Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lee Team Up to Give Back to Boys & Girls Clubs in Fort Worth

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lee recently delighted children with an appearance at the Las Vegas Trails Boys & Girls Clubs after school program at the Cambridge Court Apartments in Fort Worth. Thanks to a generous donation from UnitedHealthcare, he passed out new shoes, clothing and household necessities to the kids as he shared football tips.

Lee was joined by Scott Flannery, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of North Texas and Oklahoma, and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price as they presented a grant from UnitedHealthcare to Sean Lee’s Dreambuilders Foundation.

Daphne Stigliano, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, said the grant will be used to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tarrant County’s after school programs. Fort Worth City Council Member Brian Byrd, whose council district includes the Cambridge Court Apartments, was also in attendance. 

Pictured (l-to-r): Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County President & CEO Daphne Stigliano, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, UnitedHealthcare of North Texas & Oklahoma CEO Scott Flannery, Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lee and Fort Worth City Council Member Brian Byrd

UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge raises awareness, funds & hope

Ride 2 Recovery Houston

The April showers that soaked the Lone Star State did not dampen the spirits of some 170 wounded warriors who powered and pedaled through about 500 miles of Texas roadway last week.

The cyclists were part of the 7th annual UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, a seven-day ride from Houston to Fort Worth that raises funds and awareness for wounded veterans, even as the rigorous ride raises their spirits.

Between Sunday, April 19 and Saturday, April 25, the warriors biked through a number of communities between Houston and Fort Worth, including College Station, Georgetown, Fort Hood, Waco and Cleburne. In big cities and small towns, they received a warm and well-deserved heroes’ welcome.

The veterans – some with visible injuries and others whose wounds are hidden – rode on a variety of bicycles. Many bikes were specially designed or adapted to accommodate warriors missing hands or feet, while one veteran who lost her vision in an explosion in Iraq was riding on a tandem bike.

“Just cycling with other veterans is a therapeutic way, not only to stay in shape, but connect with other people,” Texas veteran Jonathan Dade told KTRH radio in Houston. “It is my therapy. Instead of going to a doctor each week or talking to a counselor, I get on my bike; I relax and talk to other people. The challenge is something I train for, but it’s also part of what I need to do.”

As Ride 2 Recovery’s President John Wordin told the Houston Chronicle, “The UnitedHealthcare Challenge Series is all about the mental and physical challenge of getting your life back by restoring hope and purpose. For these men and women, cycling becomes a life-changing addition to their physical and mental rehabilitation.”

The event is also close to the heart of its lead sponsor, whose employees look forward to rallying around a group of people who have sacrificed so much for our country.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to help make this event come to life and to support the exercise and rehabilitation services that are important to the health and well-being of our veterans,” Tom Quirk, chief executive officer, UnitedHealthcare of Texas told The Humble Observer.

 

Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance & UnitedHealthcare collaborate to improve patient care in North Texas

Patient Care

Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (BSWQA) and UnitedHealthcare are collaborating to improve care coordination and enhance health services for more than 52,000 North Texas residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans.

The two organizations will help shift Texas’ health care system to one that rewards quality and value, instead of the volume of procedures performed.

BSWQA is an Accountable Care Organization established in 2011 as part of Baylor Scott & White Health’s strategy to improve healthcare delivery. BSWQA’s network of more than 3,800 primary and specialty care physicians and 46 hospitals and post-acute care facilities will be available to people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans.

BSWQA will leverage population health management – including care coordination, disease management, preventive health services, a health information exchange and data analytics – to deliver a higher standard of quality care at a lower cost.

BSWQA is one of 250 new accountable care organizations that UnitedHealthcare is joining with in 2015 as the company engages in deeper, more collaborative relationships with physicians and hospitals across the country.