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Two Med Center Giants Make Peace

The simmering feud between two of the Texas Medical Center’s key institutions is on the mend with the announcement of a new partnership brokered by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital parted ways in April of 2004 after the two Med Center giants couldn’t agree on strategic visions. […]

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The simmering feud between two of the Texas Medical Center’s key institutions is on the mend with the announcement of a new partnership brokered by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital parted ways in April of 2004 after the two Med Center giants couldn’t agree on strategic visions. The ensuing divorce was nasty at times, but both sides now say the fight is over and the institutions will collaborate on a new childhood immunization program. Methodist President and CEO Ron Girotto says the truce makes sense for both institutions. “What came out of this was a good, firm, clear understanding of each of the strategies of each of the institutions and how those could be complementary on a going-forward basis to serve not only this community, this state, country, the world,” he says.

Since the split, Methodist has partnered with Cornell Medical School and Baylor has aligned itself with St. Luke’s Hospital, although that relationship is now in question. Baylor College of Medicine President and CEO Dr. Peter Traber says the renewed relationship is a step in the right direction. “The long-standing relationship Baylor has had with The Methodist Hospital will continue in a different, but a vibrant direction, with renewed purpose for working together to solve community health issues,” he says.

Earlier this month, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ordered both institutions to make peace and find ways to work together. Both say the new partnership won’t be like the old one, but could expand in the future.

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Jack is back in Houston after some time away working in public radio and television in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before leaving for the Midwest, he worked in various roles at Houston Public Media from 2000-2016, including reporting, hosting and anchoring. Jack has also worked in commercial news radio in Houston, Austin...

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