SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
- Adventist Health System (Adventist) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) today announced a multi-year agreement to provide in-network access to health care for BCBSTX members at Adventist hospitals in Central Texas. The three Adventist hospitals in Texas – Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen and Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas – will once again be in the BCBSTX network of providers following a three-month period during which they were out-of-network.
The new contract enables BCBSTX members to receive care at Adventist hospitals and with their physicians on an in-network basis effective July 1, 2014. BCBSTX members may begin scheduling hospital services and care with their physicians now so that in-network care can resume on July 1.
“At Central Texas Medical Center, we work hard to be a high-quality, affordable provider for our patients, creating value in everything we do,” said Sam Huenergardt, President/CEO at Central Texas Medical Center. “We are committed to investing in resources, training, staff, and technology that support our tradition of excellence and uphold our mission of patient-centered care. We are pleased to once again be able to provide great care to Blue Cross Blue Shield members in our community.”
“As we’ve done for more than 80 years, BCBSTX stands by its members in sickness and health, ensuring quality, affordable health care benefits to our members in all 254 counties across the state,” said Jack Towsley, Divisional Senior Vice President of Health Care Delivery for BCBSTX. “Adventist is a valuable partner, and we’re pleased our continued discussions have resulted in an agreement that provides access to care for our members.”
BCBSTX members with questions about their benefits can call the customer service number on the back of their member ID cards or log into Blue Access for MembersSM at www.bcbstx.com/member
About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System is a faith-based health care organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System's nearly 70,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every patient. With 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in ten states, Adventist Health System facilities incorporate the latest technological advancements and clinical research to serve more than 4.5 million patients annually. The full continuum of integrated care also includes urgent care centers, home health and hospice agencies, and skilled nursing facilities.
Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.
For more information about Adventist Health System visit http://www.adventisthealthsystem.com
.About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) – the only statewide, customer-owned health insurer in Texas – is the largest provider of health benefits in the state, working with nearly 80,000 physicians and 500 hospitals to serve 5 million members in all 254 counties. BCBSTX is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation (which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Texas, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma and New Mexico), the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSTX.com
| YouTube.com/BCBSTXAbout Central Texas Medical Center
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 600 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.