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Medical  Killeen Daily Herald | Sunday, February 23, 2014 BUy this photo at Bryan Correira | Herald Scott & White is building a clinic in Copperas Cove. It’s expected to open this summer as the health care system continues to expand its presence in Central Texas Scott & White merges with Baylor health By Sarah Rafique Killeen Daily Herald In June, Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare signed a definitive agreement to form a new company that would combine the strengths of both health systems. Last year’s merger created the largest not-for- profit health care system in Texas, with 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 affiliated physicians, 34,000 total employees and the Scott & White Health Plan, according to a news re- lease. Baylor Scott & White Health’s assets total $8.3 billion, based on unaudited fiscal year 2013 financial statements. Joel Allison, former CEO of Baylor Health Care System, is now the CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health. Robert Pryor, former president and CEO of Scott & White Healthcare, is now president, chief operating officer and chief medical officer of Baylor Scott & White. The new health system’s unified board of trustees has 16 people. “We are building a new national model for health care delivery engineered to meet the demands of health care reform, the changing needs of patients and payers and the extraordinary advances in clini- cal care,” Allison said. New clinics In August, Scott & White Healthcare opened its South Belton Clinic, at 1001 Arbor Park Drive. The 14,500-square-foot clinic features 24 exam rooms and two treatment rooms offering primary care, fam- ily medicine, women’s health and on-site X-ray and laboratory services. In October, Scott & White announced plans to relo- cate its Killeen West Clinic to 4501 Clear Creek Road. The current clinic, at 1002 Wales Drive, will close as early as March, when construction is complete at the new site. The new 14,771-square-foot clinic will feature 24 exam rooms and two treatment rooms offering the same services as the South Belton Clinic. Scott & White is building a clinic in Copperas Cove and it’s expected to open this summer, said Deke Jones, a hospital spokesperson. The 14,973 square-foot clinic, at 239 W Highway 190, will be the . first Scott & White Clinic in Copperas Cove. “Getting access to primary care that is closer to home for our patients continues to be a goal in deliv- ering low-cost high quality care,” said Dr. Michael Reis, chairman of family medicine for Scott & White Healthcare. Additional services Early last year, Scott & White hospitals in Temple and clinics in Bell, McLennan, Coryell and Milam counties launched Epic, an electronic medical record system designed to enhance information flow and provide doctors with improved access to patient information. In April, Scott & White Hospital-Temple an- nounced it offers a new alternative to open-heart surgery called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replace- ment for adult patients who suffer from severe aor- tic stenosis, a condition where the aortic valve does not fully open or is narrowed, often due to calcium build-up, impairing the way blood exits the heart. Recognition For the third year in a row, Scott & White Hospital- Temple was named among the nation’s Best Region- al Hospitals, according to a July “Best Hospitals” list by U.S. News & World Report. It was recognized for its outstanding performance in six specialties: orthopedics, gastroenterology and gastroenterology surgery nephrology psychiatry , , , pulmonology and urology . Additionally the Department of Urology at Scott , & White Hospital in Temple, in collaboration with Twin Star Medical Inc. and Therataxis Inc., received a grant for more than $1 million from the National Institutes of Health to research an alternative deliv- ery system to treat prostate cancer. In December, Scott & White Hospital was selected as one of 14 hospitals in the country and the only , hospital in Texas, to participate in the American College of Cardiology Patient Navigator Program. The program is the first of its kind in cardiology designed to support hospitals in providing personal- ized services to heart-disease patients and help them avoid a quick return to the hospital. “Being part of this program will allow Scott & White to collaborate and share ideas with other high performing institutions and explore ways to reduce readmissions,” said Dr. Gregory Dehmer, director for the division of cardiology at Scott & White Hos- pital-Temple. For more information, go to www.BaylorScottand- BUy this photo at Catrina Rawson | Herald Dr. John A. Joseph II, family medicine physician at Scott & White’s Killeen clinic, goes over MyChart with Jamie Johnson-Varnado. MyChart is a way to manage personal health care online. BUy this photo at Catrina Rawson | Herald Tyler Griffith, 3, looks over a coloring book donated by the Rentas family Dec. 24 at McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White in Temple. McLane Children’s helicopter provides service to more areas By Sarah Rafique Killeen Daily Herald The children’s transport program at McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White in Temple added an air ambulance to its as- sets last year. The new helicopter went into service Sept. 19, making another layer of critical care transporta- tion available when children are sick or injured, according to a news release. “The air ambulance will be responding to requests from other hospitals and clinics from around Central Texas, often when transport time is a critical factor for a child’s care,” said Terry Valentino, director of trauma and transport services at McLane Children’s. “This new helicopter is a perfect companion to the cus- tom-made children’s ambulance we put into service in March 2013.” The helicopter, a BK117 built by Eurocopter, is big enough to ac- commodate the patient and flight crew consisting of a children’s transport registered nurse and respiratory therapist, along with additional medical specialists, when needed. Trauma center McLane Children’s was veri- fied as a Level II pediatric trauma center, making it the only one of its kind in Central Texas. The health system was notified of the verification July 1, following site visits in May by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The verification is valid through May 9, 2016. “ Achieving verification ... shows that we meet the highest national standards and can provide a ready team of specialists to respond to the most critical situations,” Valentino said. The designation also means McLane Children’s provides a team of specialists, available 24 hours a day to respond to the , most critical situations. The children’s hospital encom- passes 112 inpatient beds — 48 private rooms and 16 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit rooms, with another 48 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit beds at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. The NICU cares for 600 to 700 newborns each year with their health outcomes ranking among the top 10 percent of neonatal care units in the U.S., according to a news release. In June, McLane Children’s opened a pediatric clinic in Bel- ton. The 7,500-square-foot facility features 11 exam rooms and one treatment room. Comprehensive pediatric care is available to chil- dren from birth to age 17. Services include primary pediatric care, behavioral health and laboratory services. For more information, go to