Samford University The BelltowerNovember 2004

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Healing Angel

Samford, Baptist Health System Negotiate To Buy Hospital

“...Baptist Health System and Samford have signed an agreement with HealthSouth Corporation that will allow them to negotiate exclusively as potential buyers of the U.S. 280 'Digital Hospital'..."

Baptist Health System and Samford have signed an agreement with HealthSouth Corporation that will allow them to negotiate exclusively as potential buyers of the U.S. 280 "Digital Hospital." The action follows the formation in early 2004 of the Samford University-Baptist Health System Institute for Healthcare Quality.

"The digital hospital represents a tremendous opportunity for BHS as we fulfill our health care mission and ministry in the community," said Beth O’Brien, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health System. "Working with Samford on this endeavor will strengthen the relationship that exists between our organizations."

Samford President Thomas Corts, in a message to Samford faculty and staff, said "participation in the acquisition of the Hospital could be a further point of cooperation" between the University and BHS. It could be "especially beneficial to our McWhorter School of Pharmacy and to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing."

The Samford Board of Trustees is analyzing and weighing various possibilities, Dr. Corts noted, "with nothing certain at this point about what part Samford might play."

In a news release from BHS and HealthSouth, he added, "The Christian faith is entwined with healing and wholeness. As a Baptist educational institution which takes its faith very seriously, working with Baptist Health System in this project enriches the quality of our work to the benefit of the entire community."

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