ETMC and Houston County Hospital District to end partnership

ETMC and Houston County Hospital District to end partnership

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - As of May 31, the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and the Houston County Hospital District will be going their separate ways.

On March 2, the two entities signed an agreement to settle all legal proceedings between the two parties. As part of the agreement, ETMC will end its lease of the Crockett hospital.

"We are saddened that our time in Crockett and Houston County is ending," Perry Henderson, ETMC senior vice president, affiliate operations, said in a press release. "Our goal has always been and continues to be providing quality healthcare to the people of this community. To that end, we pledge to work diligently with the HCHD board and Community Hospital Corporation on the transition and to reduce the disruption of healthcare services."

Management of the Crockett hospital, which includes the inpatient, outpatient, and emergency departments, will transfer back to the Houston County Hospital District at 11:59 p.m. on May 31. In addition, the ETMC First Physicians clinic in Crockett will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

In the interim, ETMC will provide:

office space and support for CHC's administrative, financial and clinical representatives

town hall and individual meetings with hospital employees

regulatory agreements, documents, information and data to facilitate the transition

reasonable access, for up to 12 months, to ETMC information technology systems

transfer of certifications, licenses and permits associated with the operation of the hospital and clinic, and

at the HCHD's election, the assignment of approximately 100 ETMC vendor contracts.

ETMC and the Houston County Hospital District have partnered together since 1995. Since that time, ETMC has invested more than $27 million in facility and technology upgrades for the hospital, according to the ETMC Website.

For more information visit the ETMC Website at this link.

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