Methodist Hospital in Houston will lose its status as Baylor College of Medicine's primary teaching hospital on Saturday. Baylor announced a new 50-year agreement with two-hospital St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, also based in Houston. Baylor President Peter Traber said Methodist opposed Baylor's wish to build an ambulatory-care center. In a written statement, Ron Girotto, president and chief executive officer of Methodist's parent, four-hospital Methodist Hospital System, expressed disappointment. Girotto said Baylor had rejected its proposal for a renewed affiliation agreement that included a new office building, expanded programs and a financial commitment of up to $75 million for the first year. Methodist in January announced a $370 million expansion plan that includes a new ambulatory clinic. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
Methodist, Baylor College of Medicine break up
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