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Baylor Health Care System, Scott & White to Merge

Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, December 17, 2012

Two already big Texas hospital systems are merging to form the largest nonprofit integrated delivery system in the state, and possibly the southwest.

Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System and Temple-based Scott & White Healthcare announced late Friday afternoon that both systems have signed a letter of intent to merge.

The new organization will be known as Baylor Scott & White Health, said Joel Allison, president and CEO of Baylor, who will also be CEO of the new organization. Scott & White's CEO, Robert Pryor, MD, will be COO of Baylor Scott & White Health.

Citing the future of healthcare, Allison said in a teleconference that the merger represents "two strong partners coming together truly creating a new model of healthcare delivery that really focuses on the patient, [on] population health management."



The deal will join together two of the most well-known hospital systems in Texas with Baylor dominating the north Texas market and Scott & White in central Texas.

Allison says the two healthcare systems have been in talks for a little over a year.

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