UNC Health Care announced Thursday it will partner with Carolinas HealthCare System.The two entities signed a letter of intent to join their clinical, medical education and research resources.
Carolinas HealthCare supports health care and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. UNC Health Care integrates UNC Hospitals and its provider network, UNC Faculty Physicians, UNC Physicians Network, the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine and nine other hospitals and hospital systems across North Carolina.
The partnership plans to focus on four strategic areas: increasing access and affordability, advancing clinical care expertise, growing their renowned academic enterprise and contributing to the region’s economic vibrancy, according to a press release.
William Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine, CEO of UNC Health Care and future executive chair of the new organization, said in a joint statement from the two systems that combining the two mission-focused organizations will benefit patients.
“By integrating our organizations, we are combining the strengths of two great health systems, providing greater access to a full range of services and leading-edge treatments for patients, enabling better coordination of care and advancing research,” he said.