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Paris Regional Medical Center and Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas, announced this morning that they have signed an affiliation agreement effective immediately. With this five-year affiliation, Baylor Scott & White Health will provide Paris Regional Medical Center advisory expertise, continuing medical education opportunities and enhanced emergency preparedness capabilities.
“For years, we have served patients from Lamar County who have been referred to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas for expanded services,” says Joel Allison, CEO, Baylor Scott & White Health. “We are excited for this affiliation to further strengthen Baylor’s relationship with the community.”
“We are excited to affiliate with Baylor Scott & White Health as part of our commitment to improve access to quality care for the people of Paris, Lamar County and the entire Northeast Texas/Southwest Oklahoma area,” says Marty Rash, executive chairman, RegionalCare Hospital Partners. “Baylor Health Care System, now part of the new Baylor Scott & White Health, is known throughout North Texas as the region’s leading provider of quality health care and we believe that this affiliation will allow us to expand the level and quality of services available at Paris Regional Medical Center.”
The affiliation will mean advisory expertise in areas including cardiology, digestive diseases, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services (high-risk obstetrics and neonatal intensive care unit services), and with the implementation of quality and safety programs. The agreement also provides for limited access to ongoing education programs, internship and advanced clinical programs and additional as-needed consultation services.
“The medical staff and employees at Paris Regional Medical Center are delighted with this new affiliation,” says Stephen Grubbs, CEO, Paris Regional Medical Center. “Many of our physicians and clinical staff trained at Baylor Health Care System hospitals, so there is a natural connection and level of comfort with the organization in the event that our patients need a higher level of care. We are also looking forward to sharing best practices and learning from Baylor Scott & White Health staff so that we can continually improve the level of care and safety we provide our patients.”
Baylor Scott & White Health selectively affiliates with other hospitals when those hospitals complement its own service offerings and when the affiliation will help to meet the health care needs of a community. Paris Regional Medical Center will continue to be part of the RegionalCare Hospital Partners system.
Paris Regional Medical Center is a 368-bed hospital providing a wide array of services and medical specialties to the people of Lamar County and the Northeast Texas/Southwest Oklahoma area. Services include a 23-bed inpatient rehabilitation center, 16-bed Intensive Care Unit, a 12-bed geriatric psychiatric unit and a cardiac center of excellence, “The Heart Hospital at Paris Regional,” which has become the region’s most comprehensive cardiac care center. There are over 100 physicians representing 35 medical specialties. Paris Regional Medical Center is part of the eight-hospital multi-state RegionalCare Hospital Partners system.
Baylor Scott & White Health is a not-for-profit health care system with total assets of $8.3 billion* and the vision and resources to offer its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The new system includes 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 affiliated physicians, 34,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan. For More Information visit: www.BaylorScottandWhite.com
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community, or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers or Baylor Health Care System.
* based on unaudited fiscal year 2013 financial statements