East Houston Regional, Bayshore Medical Centers to merge

PASADENA – Effective this week, the merger of Bayshore Medical Center and East Houston Regional Medical Center has
been finalized meaning that both hospitals will operate under one hospital license; resulting in one employee group, one blended medical staff and one Board of Trustees.

The merger of both hospitals was executed to offer the facilities the greatest possible flexibility in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Although the communities of Pasadena and East Houston will not notice many changes with the merger, the hospitals will experience improved efficiencies, reduce overhead and increase referrals between the two campuses.

The most obvious change for both facilities is that they now share two top level Administrative Team members: Jeff Holland, as Chief Executive Officer, and John Armour, as Chief Financial Officer.

“Most functions remain the same for both campuses such as our commitment to our respective communities, involvement in community outreach activities including h2u and volunteer services, educational programs, and medical services provided at each site”, said Holland.

Dozens of officials at Bayshore Medical Center and East Houston Regional Medical Center have spent the past several months executing the detailed plan to merge two large hospitals that collectively have a total of 500 beds, over 2,000 employees, and over 186,000 patient encounters each year. The process has involved reviewing financial records, legal contracts, merging bylaws, and developing relationships between the two hospitals. Also, Physician Transition Teams at both hospitals have been deployed and tasked with smooth melding of two medical staffs to further enhance the services of both hospitals.

“The administrative, medical and management teams at both hospitals are committed to work together to make this as smooth a transition as possible,” said Holland.

“Merging Bayshore Medical Center with East Houston Regional Medical Center is not only the best way for both hospitals to be more efficient but also to ensure our long-run survival in this dynamic healthcare environment. We are excited to offer our communities with the best healthcare available so close to home on both sides of the Houston Ship Channel”, Holland added.

Bayshore Medical Center has been ranked by HealthGrades, a national independent quality ratings company, as the Only Houston Area Hospital to be Ranked Among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation 5 Years in a Row, earning the Health-Grades® Distinguished Hospital Award for Overall Clinical Excellence, and the only hospital in Pasadena fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and The Joint Commission.

The Bayshore campus is a 369-bed acute-care facility that has been serving the needs of Southeast Harris County for 46 years.

Bayshore’s wide range of services includes acute care of the medical and surgical patient and specialty services such as: Advanced Wound Care Center; Cardiovascular and Cardiology Services, including open heart; Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Inpatient Pediatric Unit; Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and award-winning Maternity Services.

Located on Interstate 10 East in the North Channel area, East Houston Regional Medical Center is an acute-care facility with the only Level IV Trauma Designated Emergency Center in all of East Harris County. East Houston Regional Medical Center, a hospital with accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and The Joint Commission, currently has 131 beds and over 550 outstanding employees who provide exceptional service. East Houston Regional Medical Center offers specialized services in fields such as: The Center for Pain Care; Industrial Medicine Program; Rehabilitation Services; and Diabetes Self-Management Program.

Bayshore Medical Center operates a community emergency care and imaging center located in the Pasadena service area, the Fairmont Emergency Care & Baywood Imaging Center.

The Fairmont Emergency Care & Baywood Imaging Center, conveniently located off Fairmont Parkway one half mile east of Beltway 8, offers a board-certified physician and an average waiting time less than traditional emergency rooms to residents living in the surrounding communities from Pasadena to La Porte 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With the resources and expertise of the Bayshore Medical Center and East Houston Regional Medical Center campuses, Bayshore Medical Center is able to provide a combination of clinical services, advanced technology and patient outcomes unsurpassed in the Southeast Harris County region.