Scott & White eyes merger with Taylor’s Johns Hospital

Scott & White Healthcare and Johns Community Hospital of Taylor have signed a letter of intent to merge. This is the initial step in a process that will partner the two health care organizations in the delivery of medical care in Taylor and the surrounding communities. The merger will be finalized Sept. 1.

Johns Community Hospital is a 25-bed acute care critical access hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, a health center clinic, a home health department, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation department. Under the agreement, the medical staff would remain open to all qualified physicians after the merger is finalized.

Scott & White currently has 120 physicians in Williamson County who provide care to approximately 46,000 residents and has had a clinic committed to serving Taylor and the surrounding community for 24 years.

“There is great synergy that provides a natural link between Scott & White and Johns as demonstrated by a strong commitment to our respective communities,” said Alfred Knight, M.D., president and CEO of Scott & White Healthcare. “Under our philosophy of the right care in the right place at the right time, this partnership will continue to allow residents to seek care within a nationally renowned, fully-integrated health care system.”

Additional patient benefits of the partnership would include convenience and coordination of care.

“We’re fortunate to be partnering with Scott & White who has a long-standing dedication to patients and providing the best possible care,” said Clark Jackson, president of the Johns Community Hospital board.

C.M. “Bud” Chumbley, M.D., chief medical officer at Scott & White Healthcare - Round Rock, said “we’re looking forward to further assessing the needs of the community over the next two years and making service changes where appropriate.”

Scott & White has 10 regional clinics in the Williamson County area serving the residents of Taylor, Hutto, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, North Austin and Georgetown.

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