Healthcare: Clear Lake medical center merges with Mainland Medical

by Allison Wollam for Houston Business Journal

HCA affiliated hospitals Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and Mainland Medical Center in Texas City have signed an agreement to merge the two facilities.

The merger will mean both hospitals will operate under Clear Lake’s license, resulting in one employee group, one medical staff and one board of trustees.

The merger will make possible organized group purchasing, efficient supply acquisition and distribution, and other initiatives that will enable the hospitals to deliver a high level of care while keeping costs down.

Patients will continue to have the same access to physicians and hospitals and will gain access to a broader range of specialized services and providers, the hospitals said in an announcement Wednesday.

The two facilities will now share two top-level leaders: CEO Stephen K. Jones Jr. and CFO Jeff Sliwinski.

The two campuses have a total of 757 licensed beds, more than 2,100 employees and approximately 860 physicians who serve nearly 140,000 patients each year.

The transition is not expected to affect employment at either campus, as each facility will continue normal operations.

The merger takes effect March 31. Until then, administrators, physicians and employees will finalize plans to blend operations.

[bizjournals.com]

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