The History of Paris Regional Medical Center
The hospital has come a long way since its inception in 1911. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the two campuses are licensed by the Texas Department of Health. In addition, Paris Regional Medical Center is a member of the Texas Hospital Association. The beginning of what was to eventually become Paris Regional dates to 1896 when the Sisters of Mercy operated St. Patrick’s Academy, a boarding school near downtown Paris. After several years of agonizing labor and severe tests of faith, six sisters reopened the facility as St. Joseph’s Infirmary on October 1, 1911.
In 1999, St. Joseph’s ownership changed when it became a part of the new CHRISTUS Health System, created as a result of the merger of the Incarnate Word Health System and the Sisters of Charity, Houston. In August, 2001, CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Health System purchased the buildings, equipment and certain services of the competing 210-bed McCuistion Regional Medical Center, owned at the time by Texas Health Resources. With the acquisition, CHRISTUS consolidated services of the two hospitals into one system. Essent Healthcare, Inc. purchased CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Health System in late December 2003 and took over operations on January 1, 2004 as Paris Regional Medical Center.
In, November of 2011 Essent Healthcare, Inc. merged with RegionalCare Hospital Partners. Paris Regional Medical Center is now part of RegionalCare Hospital Partners. Paris Regional Medical Center is currently in the process of their long awaited Northward Bound Project. The Northward Bound Project consists of consolidating all acute care services to the North Campus location. The project is estimated at approximately $20 million. The hospital anticipates the date of completion for the expansion to be Fall 2012.