An overwhelming applause followed an unprecedented announcement. At a press conference in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, it was announced St. Luke's Hospital will have a new home just down the block. It's part of a new partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine and its McNair campus that has yet to be completed.
"The hospital part of the building has remained vacant but ready to be built out," BCM President Dr. Paul Klotman said. "At the same time, CHI St. Luke's has provided excellent care for decades at it's hospital at the Texas Medical Center but it needs a new facility to meet future health care challenges."
So the time came for the two to merge.
The first phase of the project, which will include a 250-bed facility, is still in its finishing stages and is expected to be complete by the spring of 2015.
"This new relationship will give patients access to the most cost effective high quality care and also to the latest research on an accelerated timeline," Klotman said.
Another 400 beds will be eventually added by 2018 to eventually replace the existing St. Luke's Medical Center.
"Our collaboration is a perfect fit for all of our organizations, and more importantly, for the people we serve," said Kevin Lofton with CHI St. Luke's Hospital.
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