Baylor Scott & White to close facility as services are consolidated

Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health will decommission its Center for Rehabilitative Medicine in Waco, Texas, this summer, as the health system works to streamline services, according to the Tribune-Herald.

The center's services will be moved to Waco-based Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. To make the move possible, part of Hillcrest Medical Center's pediatric wing will be renovated to house the 20-bed rehabilitation center. The renovation and relocation process will cost approximately $800,000, according to the report.

"This is not an easy decision," Hillcrest Medical Center President Glenn Robinson told the Tribune-Herald. "This building holds a lot of good memories. It's not only where I began to work at Waco, but many people were born here, children and grandchildren were born here. It carries those emotional ties. We want to be very respectful of that."

From 1920 until 2009, the 600,000-square-foot building served as a major hub of what was then known as Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

Mr. Robinson told the Tribune-Herald that nurses will be offered jobs at other Hillcrest facilities after the Rehabilitative Center ceases operations.

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