As the health care landscape evolves in an era of reform, it is vital for academic medical centers such as UTMB to work together with community providers to achieve success in an accountable-care environment and to ensure access to the best possible care close to patients’ homes.
Today, I am pleased to share with you that Angleton Danbury Medical Center (ADMC) and UTMB have signed a letter of intent to initiate a process to evaluate the possibility of a long-term formal relationship. The details of any future relationship are still being negotiated, but the goal is to strengthen both organizations as we fulfill our mission for those we collectively serve.
Employees at ADMC are being informed of the letter of intent in meetings today. You may see coverage in local media in the next few days; ADMC and UTMB are issuing a joint press release this afternoon and have scheduled time for joint interviews tomorrow.
Any agreement will require the approval of both the ADMC Board of Directors and The University of Texas System Board of Regents. A decision and the related approvals should be made by late spring or early summer, and we will be sure to let you know of the final decision.
In the meantime, UTMB faculty and staff who have questions about the letter of intent are invited to an informal Open Access session with Donna Sollenberger, Dr. Rex McCallum and Katrina Lambrecht, from noon to 1 p.m., tomorrow, March 7, in 7.134/7.136 John Sealy Annex.
Dr. David L. Callender