In March, I shared the news that Angleton Danbury Medical Center (ADMC) and UTMB had signed a letter of intent to evaluate the possibility of a long-term formal relationship. Much work has been done since then, and we completed a critical step in this process today, when The University of Texas System Board of Regents and the Angleton Danbury Hospital District Board of Directors voted to move ahead with the relationship.
Details of the relationship are now in final stages of negotiation. We expect an agreement to be signed in the next few weeks, with the changes planned to be effective Aug. 16.
ADMC will be hosting forums for their employees and physicians next week, to answer questions about the transition to UTMB employment and medical staff credentialing. ADMC and UTMB are issuing a joint press release this afternoon, and I will be talking about the latest developments at the Town Hall meeting at noon, May 27, in Levin Hall. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Katrina Lambrecht, vice president for institutional strategic initiatives, or Dr. Rex McCallum, vice president and chief physician executive.
As mentioned in March when we announced the letter of intent, it is vital for academic medical centers such as UTMB to work with community providers to achieve success in an accountable-care environment and to ensure access to the best possible care close to patients’ homes. We are very pleased that the ADMC and UTMB governing boards agree with our planned relationship, and we are looking forward to a busy summer as we put the ADMC/UTMB agreement into effect and move ahead—together—to improve health in our region and beyond.
Dr. David L. Callender