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DALLAS, Texas  March 31, 2014 – As the largest not-for-profit health care provider in Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health is dedicated to providing comprehensive care that includes spiritual support to patients, their families and Baylor Scott & White Health employees Mark Grace M.Div., B.C.C., A.C.P.E., who has been appointed chief mission and ministry officer for the new organization, will lead this work. He is responsible for overseeing pastoral care and chaplaincy programs at Baylor Scott & White Health facilities, as well as programs that take employees and medical resources out into the community and around the world to help those in need.

Mark Grace

Mark Grace

"Both Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare were built around a charitable mission of serving others. The combination of the two systems only amplifies our ability to carry out that mission," explains Grace, who previously served as vice president of the Office of Mission & Ministry for Baylor Health Care System (BHCS).

Grace first became involved in hospital-based chaplaincy in 1983 when he began his residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at BHCS after graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he earned board certification from the Association of Professional Chaplains in 1985 and as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor in1992. Over his career in chaplaincy, he has provided spiritual support to thousands of patients and families at BHCS hospitals and at Susquehanna Health System in Williamsport, Penn.

"Despite all the incredible advances in technology and treatments available to patients at our facilities, our staff never forgets that there is a spiritual side to the disease and healing process as well," says Grace. "I'm looking forward to addressing these issues in new and innovative ways."

While at BHCS, Grace was instrumental in launching new programs benefitting both staff and those in need in the community. In 2009, he helped found Faith In Action Initiatives (FIAI) – a program that he will continue to direct and expand as chief mission and ministry officer for Baylor Scott & White Health. FIAI develops creative avenues to empower and supply medical missions and health ministries both locally and around the world, as well as strengthen the spiritual lives of staff through employee vocational development programs and opportunities. In addition to his health care ministry, Grace, who is fluent in Spanish, also serves as co-pastor of a bilingual Baptist congregation in one of the nation's most underprivileged zip codes.

About Baylor Scott & White Health

Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas.  With total assets of $8.6 billion* and serving a geographic area larger than the state of Maine, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 46 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 36,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2014 financial statements