They may have flirted with Baylor but they're getting hitched to Texas Health.

After months of whispers about a potential merger, Huguley Memorial Medical Center is becoming part of the Texas Health Resources health system. The announcement was made at 7 a.m. today in a joint press relase issued by Huguley's parent company Adventist Health System in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and THR headquarters in Arlington. Texas Health and Adventist Health System have formed a joint venture company that will own and manage the hospital. The agreement, which will be announced at a public ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Friday, is effective May 1.

HMMC will remain a non-profit, faith-based organization, and over time, is expected to adopt the Texas  Health brand, the release said. Texas Health will own controlling interest in the joint venture, and Adventist Health System will continue to manage the daily operations of the hospital.

The service area of Huguley complements the areas served by Texas Health facilities in southwest Fort Worth, Cleburne, Burleson and Arlington, the release said. The agreement extends the Texas Health network south and east down the I-35W corridor, an area that is growing faster than national averages, the release said.

“This agreement allows our two organizations to better serve the people of south Tarrant County, Johnson County and Ellis County,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources.

“Both Texas Health and Adventist Health System have strong foundations as faith-based, non-profit health systems that are dedicated to improving health in the communities we serve. Given today's challenging health care environment, it makes sense for us to look for opportunities to collaborate with other health systems to improve the health of our communities.”

“Huguley Memorial Medical Center's affiliation with Texas Health Resources connects two systems that share a commitment to providing patient care driven by excellence, delivered with compassion, and inspired by the healing ministry of Christ,” said Adventist Health System President and CEO Don Jernigan.

Ken Finch, HMMC president and CEO added “Health care is changing and we must work together and work smarter to more effectively meet the health care needs of those we serve. I believe this new partnership will be a great benefit to our communities, physicians, employees, and patients as we combine our resources and talents to better reach more people in need.”

By joining together, Texas Health and Huguley will improve coordination of care delivery along the south I-35W corridor. Many Huguley-affiliated physicians are already on the medical staff of a Texas Health hospital and participating in Texas Health's quality improvement initiatives, the release said. This agreement will expand the group of physicians who can take advantage of Texas Health's quality initiatives and training programs, the release continued.

Texas Health and Huguley are developing integrated strategies for addressing the health needs of specific population groups. They are also coordinating their entire continuum of care, from wellness, prevention and primary care through acute care in the hospital, to rehabilitation, long term, home health, palliative and hospice care for the benefit of the communities served, the release said, Texas Health is building a health information exchange (HIE) to connect to the existing Adventist Health System HIE enabling the eventual integration of Texas Health and Huguley Memorial Medical Center's patient clinical records. All of Texas Health's and Adventist Health System's wholly-owned non-profit hospitals have implemented electronic health records (EHRs) and can share patient information across their respective systems. The EHR has proven to be an effective tool in advancing patient safety, quality and coordination of care. Texas Health HIE to AHS HIE connectivity moves these health systems into the next level of enhanced care as patients traverse between the continuum of the health systems.

About Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States.
The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org.

About Adventist Health System

Huguley Memorial Medical Center is a member of Adventist Health System. Adventist Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida, emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973 to support and strengthen Seventh-day Adventist healthcare organizations in the Southern and Southwestern regions of the United States, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System supports 43 campuses and employs 55,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits. For more information about Adventist Health System visit http://www.adventisthealthsystem.com/.