Two Texas healthcare groups have expanded urgent care services with a new partnership.

Baylor Scott & White Health and NextCare Urgent Care announced Thursday they have joined forces to provide more convenient care options for patients. The not-for-profit hospital will invest in and help operate more than 40 NextCare urgent care centers across the state.

“We are dedicated to providing customers with as much choice as possible when seeking care,” Pete McCanna, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, said in a statement. “Through this venture, the NextCare sites across the state will be integrated into our ecosystem of offerings, which already includes 24/7 virtual care available to all Texans via”

NextCare will partner with Baylor Scott & White to provide increased patient access to Baylor Scott & White’s healthcare continuum.

“We are excited to partner with Baylor Scott & White Health, the premier healthcare system in Texas, to bring even more access points to patients in need. By joining forces, Baylor Scott & White Health and NextCare will accelerate their goal of providing customer centric, high-quality healthcare to as many Texans as possible,” Derek Newell, CEO of NextCare, said in the statement.

NextCare’s locations in Houston, San Antonio, and Abilene will expand Baylor Scott & White’s footprint, making it one of the state’s largest health system providers of urgent care, the hospital said.

Baylor Scott & White has 51 hospitals in Texas, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Temple. It also has Metroplex locations in Frisco, Grapevine, Irving, and Plano and serves more than three million Texans, the company said.

Another Texas hospital group bought urgent care locations in May.

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, the owner of Medical City hospitals across the Metroplex, said the agreement includes 19 FastMed and 22 MedPost urgent cares in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.