Scott and White to merge with BHCS

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 5:44pm

As central Texas continues to grow, the need for adequate health care continues to grow too.

And now, two of the largest hospital systems in the state are merging to become the largest non-profit health care system in Texas.

In a press conference late last week, Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System and Temple-based Scott and White Healthcare both signed letters of intent to merge the two organizations.

Bob Pryor is president and CEO of Scott and White Healthcare.

He suggests the merger has been in the works behind closed doors for sometime now.

"We've been working with Baylor (Health Care System) for a long time. We've had some mutual projects we've worked on. Our physicians work together. But about a year and a half ago we started discussing 'What would it be like if we came together?" said Pryor.

The increase in resources will serve Texas' booming growth.

"Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the country and we're trying to keep up with the changing landscape of workers in Texas and what their needs are. Filling this merger will help stay ahead of the curve and continue to make out communities healthy," said Pryor.

Baylor Health Care System is not directly affiliated with Baylor University.

The merger will eventually consolidate the two companies, but until that is complete in 2013, both companies will continue to operate independently.

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