In an unusual move, the Daughters of Charity National Health System last week decided to essentially give its 600-bed tertiary-care hospital in Dallas to the largest not-for-profit health system in Fort Worth, Texas, free of charge.
Daughters of Charity, the nation's fourth-largest hospital system, was assured by Harris Methodist Health System that St. Paul Medical Center will remain a Roman Catholic institution. Although Harris Methodist will operate the hospital, St. Paul will continue to follow the Catholic directives against abortions and tubal ligations, and will retain its name and board.
Richard Kramer, Daughters of Charity's west central regional executive, said the St. Louis-based system, which operates 42 hospitals, knew St. Paul needed to be part of a local system, and both sides wanted a partner hospital with a not-for-profit mission.
Meanwhile, Harris Methodist, a 1,200-bed system that includes Fort Worth's largest hospital, was looking for a Dallas presence to serve its expanding managed-care plan.