Three of Dallas' biggest not-for-profit hospitals are trying to put together an alliance that will allow them to compete more efficiently for healthcare contracts.
Baylor Health Care System, Presbyterian Healthcare System and Methodist Hospitals of Dallas hope to unveil the alliance in October or November, said Boone Powell Jr., president and chief executive of ficer of Baylor.
It's part of a trend to form networks to cut costs and offer a broad range of healthcare services at lower prices.
Mr. Powell told The Dallas Morn-ing News that he and the chief executives of the two other hospitals have been meeting almost weekly since spring to work out details of the alliance.
Mr. Powell said the three hospitals are considering developing a common information system that, for example, would allow them to share data on treatment results. The hospitals might combine some administrative functions, he said.
He noted that an alliance would offer good geographic coverage for employees, with Baylor in east Dallas near downtown, Presbyterian in north Dal-las and Methodist in the Oak Cliff area west of downtown.
In a different type of collaboration, Baylor joined six other hospitals in the region earlier this year to pool their buying power for cardiac-care equipment and supplies.
Also, the three hospitals discussing the alliance already participate in the North Texas Health Care Network, which offers managed care to 3,300 companies representing 200,000 people.
But Mr. Powell said the new alliance would offer "more managed-care products than we currently have."
David Hitt, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Hospitals, characterized discussions about the alliance as "exploratory at this time.
"There are a great many questions that have yet to be defined, much less answered. Anything we do in managed care will be an extension of what we are already doing together in the North Texas Health Care Network," Mr. Hitt said.
Officials of Presbyterian refused to comment.