Scott & White, Bay­lor Health to merge

The $7.7 bil­lion ven­ture will cre­ate largest non­profit health care or­ga­ni­za­tion in Texas.

Austin American-Statesman - - B METRO & STATE - By Kirk Laden­dorf kladen­dorf@states­man.com Health B

Tem­ple-based Scott & White Health­care has agreed to merge with Dal­las-based Bay­lor Health Care Sys­tems to cre­ate the largest non­profit health care or­ga­ni­za­tion in Texas and one of the largest in the coun­try.

The driv­ing forces be­hind the merger — which will cre­ate a sin­gle $7.7 bil­lion or­ga­ni­za­tion — are pool­ing re­sources to bet­ter serve pa­tients and “cre­ate a model sys­tem for an in­dus­try un­der­go­ing fun­da­men­tal trans­for­ma­tion,” of­fi­cials said.

The new sys­tem is to be called Bay­lor Scott & White Health.

Scott & White, founded in Tem­ple in 1897, has a na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity care and ef­fi­ciency. Its sys­tem in­cludes 12 hos­pi­tals in Cen­tral Texas, with one each in Round Rock and Tay­lor in Wil­liamson County. It has an­other hospi­tal un­der con­struc­tion in Mar­ble Falls.

Scott & White op­er­ates 178 clin­ics in the area and has a staff of more than 14,000, in­clud­ing 1,000 em­ployed physi­cians and sci­en­tists and more than 300 “ad­vanced prac­tice providers.”

It also of­fers in­surance cov­er­age through its Scott & White Health Plan.

Bay­lor is a larger or­ga­ni­za­tion, with 30 af­fil­i­ated hos­pi­tals and $4 bil­lion in to­tal op­er­at­ing rev­enue.

Dr. Robert Pryor, pres­i­dent and CEO of Scott & White, said one of the pri­mary ob­jec- tives of the merger is to fo­cus more on com­mu­nity health “rather than tak­ing care of sick peo­ple.”

“The aim is to pro­vide high­qual­ity, low-cost health care where peo­ple get ex­tra­or­di­nary out­comes,” Pryor told the Amer­i­can-States­man Fri­day. “We are try­ing to work with the com­mu­nity to keep the com­mu­nity healthy rather

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