UTMB Health, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas announce affiliation agreement

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The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas have signed a clinical affiliation agreement, the companies announced in a press release Wednesday, Jan. 11.

This affiliation, which went into effect Jan. 1, will build on the strengths of both organizations to provide the most advanced patient care for adult and pediatric patients in the Beaumont area and the surrounding region, the release stated.

Physicians, medical staff and executives from Baptist Hospitals and UTMB Health will work closely to increase quality and access to care for patients in need of multiple medical specialties and services, said David Parmer, CEO of Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas.

“Baptist is very pleased to partner with a world class academic medical center like UTMB,” Parmer said.

Patrick Shannon, chief operating officer of BHSET, said Baptist and UTMB will initially provide pediatric surgical services in Beaumont, with future expansion to other select specialties.

The organizations also will explore using UTMB’s extensive telemedicine network to provide consultations in psychiatry and psychology, gynecologic oncology, pediatrics and pediatric ophthalmology, he said.

“We are excited to work with Baptist Hospitals to further strengthen this well-established network with access to UTMB’s highly-specialized tertiary and quaternary services, which will benefit an even greater number of residents with complex health care needs in the Beaumont area,” said Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and chief executive officer of UTMB Health System. “When we were looking for partnership opportunities to help improve access in the region, Baptist Hospitals was a clear choice.”

UTMB students, residents, nurses and health professionals will have increased training opportunities, while UTMB researchers will be able to extend the latest clinical trials to patients in the area.