“After months of thoughtful exploration, we have decided to discontinue talks of a merger between our two systems,” a statement from Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System reads. “Ultimately, we have concluded that as strong, successful organizations, we are capable of achieving our visions for the future without merging at this time. We have a tremendous amount of respect for each other and remain committed to strengthening our communities, advancing the health of Texans and transforming the delivery of care. We will continue to seek opportunities for collaboration as two forward-thinking, mission-driven organizations.”

This announcement comes about four months after plans to merge were announced.

“The boards of Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System have signed a letter of intent to merge into a combined system to further strengthen communities, advance the health of Texans and transform the delivery of health care,” according to an October 1, 2018 news release.

The health systems serve more than 30 Texas counties, employing more than 73,000 across the state. Both have strong ties to the academic medical community.