January 13 2010 - THR AND TMF MOVING FORWARD WITH TRANSFER OF WINNSBORO HOSPITAL

For Immediate Release

January 13, 2010

For more information:
John Moore
Public Information Officer
903-531-4542
john.moore@tmfhs.org

TEXAS HEALTH RESOURCES AND TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITALS AND CLINICS MOVING FORWARD WITH TRANSFER OF WINNSBORO HOSPITAL

TYLER, TX -- Texas Health Resources of Arlington, Texas and Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics of Tyler are finalizing an agreement for the transfer of control of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Winnsboro to Trinity Mother Frances. The estimated effective date of this agreement is March 1, 2010.

“Texas Health Resources and Trinity Mother Frances have worked well together for many years, mostly because we share a common respect for faith-based values; employee, physician and patient satisfaction; and the delivery of safe, quality care,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “Our goal is to create a sustainable environment for the growth of the Winnsboro hospital in the long run, and we feel that a transfer to Trinity Mother Frances will be a very positive step for health care in the region.”

"We look forward to welcoming the Winnsboro facility into the Trinity Mother Frances family and will be working closely with the leadership and staff of the Winnsboro Hospital to examine new ways to expand and improve health care for the community,” said Ray Thompson, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital.

In looking at how to strengthen and coordinate care for citizens in the Winnsboro area, Texas Health Resources opened discussions with Trinity Mother Frances about the possibility of a transfer of control of the hospital.

“Examining the preferences of patients and physicians and awareness of Trinity Mother Frances in the Winnsboro service area, the alignment makes sense,” Hawthorne said. “The Winnsboro area is geographically and economically synchronized with Tyler.”

Currently, most Texas Health Winnsboro patients are referred to Tyler for specialized care. Through the first eight months of 2009, 85 percent of transferred patients went to Trinity Mother Frances while less than 1 percent of patients were transferred to other Texas Health facilities.

"Joining with Trinity Mother Frances is an effective way to enable Texas Health Winnsboro to have a strong future as a health care provider and can even broaden that system’s reach to communities north of Tyler", Hawthorne said.

“The decision to pursue a transfer of ownership has not been entered into lightly,” he added. “Texas Health Winnsboro is a valued member of the Texas Health family, and the future strength of the hospital is at the heart of this consideration.”

About Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education.

Texas Health is a partner in six additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

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