In recent years, it has become harder for independent community hospitals to thrive on their own. This transition has resulted in significant and rapid growth for UNC Health Care.
A number of independent hospitals have asked us to assist them. Most recently, they have requested we manage their hospitals while they remain separate legal entities.
We have two criteria for deciding the communities in which we will partner:
- We only go where we are invited; and
- Any involvement we might have must be at least “budget neutral” for us.
At UNC Health Care, we are committed to serving patients across North Carolina. We recently forged new relationships with Wayne Memorial Hospital and Lenoir Memorial Hospital, which means our organization now includes 10 hospitals and hospital systems across the state. We are truly serving patients across North Carolina. This is right on target with our mission as the state’s health care system: to improve the health of all North Carolinians, regardless of their ability to pay.
While this growth makes good business sense and ties directly to our mission, to some, it may seem like a lot of growth in a short amount of time. However, I strongly believe that our expansion is good for our patients. When hospitals across the state ask us to partner with them, and the partnership can be accomplished in a way that is mutually beneficial, we will be there to help serve patients in the communities where they live.
I am extremely proud that we have had the opportunity to provide even more North Carolinians with the highest level of empathetic and expert care. And we will continue to do so, as long as it continues to benefit the people of our state.