Baylor College of Medicine-Houston and St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, Houston, have agreed to begin exclusive negotiations to merge, the college and the system said. St. Luke's had been part of informal negotiations to merge with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System since February, but David Fine, president and chief executive officer of the St. Luke's system, said in a news release that the system concluded its first obligation was to try to build on its existing affiliation with Baylor. For more than a year, 661-bed St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital has been the primary, private adult-teaching hospital for the college since Baylor parted ways with Methodist Hospital, Houston, which had occupied that role. Terms of the Baylor-St. Luke's merger will be set during the negotiations. -- by Vince Galloro
Baylor, St. Luke's agree to exclusive merger talks
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