The potential partnership between UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare System has prompted skepticism from a UNC Board of Governors member over the legality of the merge.
The member, Tom Fetzer, sent an email to UNC system president Margaret Spellings and Board of Governors chairperson Louis Bissette late Thursday expressing concerns about the process by which the BOG was informed of the proposed merger.
Fetzer referenced a state law, NCGS 116-37 (b) (4), in the email.
"The board of directors (of UNC Health Care) shall keep the Board of Governors fully informed about health care policy and recommend changes necessary to maintain adequate health care delivery, education, and research for improvement of the health of the citizens of North Carolina," the law states.
Fetzer said in the email that, to his knowledge, no members of the BOG were informed of the merger until a few days before it was made public and this begs the question of whether relevant North Carolina statutes were followed during the period in which the merger was being planned.