Less than four months after completing its merger, Baylor Scott & White Health has signed its first affiliation agreement, the health system announced Monday.
The agreement, with Paris Regional Medical Center in far northeast Texas, is for five years, and will allow for advisory expertise, continued medical education opportunities, and enhanced emergency preparedness.
“The medical staff and employees at Paris Regional Medical Center are delighted with this new affiliation,” said Paris Regional Medical Center CEO Stephen Grubbs, in a statement. “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 so that we can continually improve the level of care and safety we provide our patients.”
The affiliation will mean advisory expertise in a variety of fields, including cardiology, digestive diseases, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The agreement also provides for access to ongoing education programs, advanced clinical programs, and additional consultation services.
The affiliation is not a purchase; Paris Regional Medical Center will continue to be part of the eight-hospital, multi-state RegionalCare Hospital Partners system. The hospital is a 368-bed facility, serving Lamar County and the northeast Texas/southwest Oklahoma area.
Baylor Scott & White affiliates with other hospitals when those hospitals complement its own service offerings and help to meet the healthcare needs of a community, the system said in a statement.
“For years, we have served patients from Lamar County who have been referred to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas for expanded services,” said CEO Joel Allison. “We are excited for this affiliation to further strengthen Baylor’s relationship with the community.”