Trinity Mother Frances Health System announced a new partnership with CHRISTUS Health on Thursday (Jan. 7) during a press conference.

The two organizations said in a statement they will be improving access to care for patients and services offered here in East Texas. Lindsey Bradley, President and CEO of TMFHC, said during a press conference:

We pride ourselves on or commitment to bringing the best patient care and services to East Texas. This has been an integral part of our mission as a faith-based health provider for more than 75 years, and we will continue to realize that vision for east Texas for years to come."

Because of the rich heritage and known brands, Trinity Mother Frances and CHRISTUS Health will both keep their respective names for now and will eventually operate as one entity with four TMF representatives joining the CHRISTUS board.

The six Trinity Mother Frances hospitals and 36 clinics throughout East Texas will join the team of 50 hospitals and long-term care facilities of CHRISTUS Health and almost 350 other service facilities.