Covenant Health System is an American health care provider which serves West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. It has about 1,300 beds in its five primary acute-care and specialty hospitals; it also manages about a dozen affiliated community hospitals. Covenant Health System, part of the St. Joseph Health System, also maintains a network of family health care and medical clinics. Covenant Health Systems major facilities are Covenant Medical Center, Covenant Specialty Hospital, and Covenant Womens and Childrens Hospital. The health system also includes some 20 clinics and 50 physician practices, and its extensive outreach programs target isolated rural communities with mobile services. Covenant Health was founded in 1998 through the merger of two of Lubbocks health care facilities, St. Mary of the Plains Hospital and the Lubbock Methodist Hospital System. More than 700 physicians treat over 38,000 annual admissions, and over 100,000 emergency room visits through a number of specialty treatment centers. Covenant Heart and Vascular Institute, Covenant NeuroScience Institute, Joe Arrington Cancer Research and Treatment Center, and Womens Hospital. The health system has a school of nursing, school of radiography, and school of surgical technology.