UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
BRYAN -- If you have Scott and White insurance, heads up.
St. Joseph's Hospital will no longer be an in-network provider so some patients may need to find a new healthcare plan.
That's because St. Joseph plans to cut its ties with Scott and White. The hospital announced it will not renew a hospital services contract once it expires next spring.
Tim Ottinger, vice president of communications, said the decision comes after months of discussion and research into the impact the new Scott and White hospital in the Bryan-College Station area will have on the community.
"They'll compete with us and with everyone in the community for patients and because of that competitive nature it we just decided it just wouldn't fit, it just wouldn't work well trying to continue to be apart of their health plan and be a competing hospital with them," Ottinger said.
Ottinger says only about 8 percent of St. Joseph's patients are on a Scott and White health plan. Those patients will have hospital and emergency room services available to them until the end of April.
The new Scott and White hospital is expected to be completed by the summer of 2013.