Plans which have been in the works for more than three years to build a teaching pediatric hospital in the Medical Center have been scrapped, because the two medical groups involved could not reach agreement on how to move forward, 1200 WOAI news reports.

  The U.T. Health Science Center and Methodist Healthcare System have been working to construct the pediatric facility, which would allow pediatric specialists being trained at the Health Science Center to treat patients in the hospital.

  "Throughout the fall and spring, leaders from the UT Health Science Center and the Methodist Healthcare System have worked toward an affiliation agreement to provide pre-eminent pediatric care, academic training, and research in the San Antonio and south Texas region," a statement said.

  "Given the complexities of an academic affiliation between the two institutions, and despite the best efforts and intentions by both parties, it has not been possible to finalize such an agreement.  Thus, at this time, the UT Health Science Center and Methodist Healthcare are no longer pursuing an academic partnership.

  The two facilities say they will continue to work together on other projects, and Methodist pointed out that it is in the middle of a $200 million upgrade of it's pediatric center.

  While the discussions between the two, and at one point the parent company of the Baptist Healthcare System, were underway, CHRISTUS Health opened the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, a top level pediatric hospital in downtown San Antonio.  In conjunction with Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, CHoSA is providing general and specialty care, as well as training for physicians and surgeons.  CHRISTUS is undertaking a $150 million plus upgrade of the downtown Santa Rosa Hospital building to house the Children's Hospital.