July 10 2006 - Health Systems in Discussion on Winnsboro Hospital

Press Release - July 10, 2006
HEALTH SYSTEMS IN DISCUSSIONS ON WINNSBORO HOSPITAL

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July 10, 2006

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John Moore
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HEALTH SYSTEMS IN DISCUSSIONS ON WINNSBORO HOSPITAL

WINNSBORO, TX - The current management of Presbyterian Hospital (PHW) of Winnsboro and a well-established east Texas health system have signed a non-binding letter of intent to discuss the operational future of the Winnsboro hospital.

Texas Health Resources (THR), which currently operates Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro, and Trinity Mother Frances Health System (TMFHS) are in discussions to determine if TMFHS, which is based in Tyler and operates numerous health care facilities including Trinity Clinic in Winnsboro, will take over operations of Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro.

Texas Health Resources and TMFHS have a long-established cooperative relationship through which the two Systems talk about ways to collaborate, better serve and improve the health of communities in east Texas.

"Texas Health Resources would not have entertained the idea of transferring control of the Hospital to Trinity Mother Frances Health System if we were not confident of the compatibility of the values of all parties involved," said Matthew Troup, president, Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro. "Texas Health Resources and Trinity Mother Frances Health System have worked well together for many years because we share a common respect for faith-based values, employee and patient satisfaction and the delivery of quality patient care."

"Trinity Mother Frances Health System has enhanced patient care in many east Texas communities through our advanced technology, physicians, clinicians, training and dedication to customer service," said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, president and chief administrative officer, Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

"Since Mother Frances Hospital was opened by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1937, Trinity Mother Frances Health System has grown to include hospitals in Tyler, Jacksonville and one in the planning stages for Corsicana. We have 18 clinics and 33 medical specialties in communities throughout the region. We look forward to future discussions with Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro on how we can enhance patient care in Winnsboro and the surrounding area," said Bradley.

Officials with PHW say aligning the Winnsboro hospital with TMFHS might be in the best interest of patients because the Winnsboro area is geographically and economically more aligned with Tyler than with the DFW Metroplex where THR is based.

Other reasons given for the discussions include:

*Most PHW patients are referred to TMFHS in Tyler when they need specialized care.

*Market consumer research shows that TMFHS ranks high in preference and respect among the Winnsboro community.

*THR and TMFHS are both faith-based institutions.

"During the 20 years that PHW has been part of the Presbyterian Healthcare System, the System has made significant investments in the hospital and enhanced services to the community," said Matthew Troup, president, Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro. "THR is extremely proud of the performance and accomplishments of PHW employees, volunteers and physicians on the medical staff. While we're in discussions with Trinity Mother Frances Health System, everyone involved with Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro will continue to provide quality care for the people of Winnsboro and the surrounding area."

Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, 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 34 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit www.tmfhs.org.

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