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December 5th, 2008
CTMC, St. David’s announce affiliation

STAFF REPORT

Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) in San Marcos and Austin-based St. David’s HealthCare announced a formal affiliation agreement this week that will change the CTMC emergency room personnel while supporting CTMC’s oncoming neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) and help to establish accredited chest pain and stroke centers.

“By tapping into the resources of the larger St. David’s HealthCare network, we will have the opportunity to incorporate a number of ‘best practices’ here in San Marcos,” Gary L. Jepson, Central Texas Medical Center’s chief executive officer. “The hospital and the community will benefit greatly as we work in collaboration with one of the region’s largest networks of health care providers in Central Texas.”

Jepson said the move is part of CTMC’s overall strategic plan to expand existing and grow new medical services available directly in San Marcos.

CTMC and St. David’s HealthCare executives describe the new relationship as mutually beneficial. St. David’s will work with CTMC to achieve an accredited chest pain center status. Additionally, St. David’s HealthCare will support CTMC needs in other areas such as supplies and group purchasing.

St. David’s HealthCare and CTMC are not entering into a financial agreement and the two will remain separate entities.

St. David’s HealthCare has a leading reputation in cardiovascular, neurosurgical and high level women’s services. CTMC will look to the larger health care network for services not presently provided in San Marcos.

Under the new affiliate agreement, Capitol Emergency Associates will provide staffing in the CTMC emergency department. The group already provides care in the five St. David’s HealthCare emergency departments in Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown.

St. David’s HealthCare, which is renowned for its obstetrics and neonatal services, will work with CTMC too provide enhanced neonatal services when the latter, opens its new $35-million women’s and infant’s pavilion opens in November of 2009.

“We are very pleased that St. David’s HealthCare has the opportunity to support CTMC through a formal clinical affiliation,” Mark Clayton, senior vice president of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “We look forward to this opportunity to partner with CTMC.”

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One thought on “CTMC, St. David’s announce affiliation

  1. The opportunity to improve and expand upon CTMC is a wonderful opportunity, but this article says nothing about CTMC canceling the existing contract and firing the ER team that has served this community for nearly 20 years. This arrangement has put local doctors out of work. I don’t understand why you need them to oversee the ER just to get their input into the other departments where you really want them.

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