NEW BERN, N.C. and CHAPEL HILL, N.C., May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The CarolinaEast Health System (CarolinaEast) Board of Directors and the UNC Health Board of Directors announced approval today of an agreement for CarolinaEast to become part of the UNC Health family through a comprehensive affiliation. Together, the two organizations will manage access to high-quality medical services for the citizens of eastern North Carolina while leveraging the resources of a large health system.
"Affiliating with UNC Health and working toward becoming a healthcare hub in this region is a tremendous opportunity for CarolinaEast and the people we serve," said Ray Leggett, President and CEO of CarolinaEast Health System. "We look forward to working with UNC Health entities in Eastern North Carolina including Onslow, Wayne and Lenoir hospitals.
"The prospect of expanding on health education capabilities offered at UNC and welcoming residents, fellows and med students to our facilities will no doubt make us even better and stronger for our region," Leggett continued.
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"Working alongside an outstanding institution like UNC Health to improve the care and expand the services available to our patient population is absolutely the right direction for the future of our health system."
Under the terms of the arrangement, CarolinaEast remains a separate legal entity under the authority of its own Board of Directors. The authority of the Craven County Board of Commissioners to approve CarolinaEast Board appointments remains unchanged. The affiliation between UNC Health and New Bern, NC-based CarolinaEast will enhance the quality of healthcare in the Eastern Region while simultaneously growing specialty services in Craven County and beyond.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors of CarolinaEast, we welcome this opportunity to remain locally owned and operated, while at the same time benefiting from affiliation with a globally renowned health system. The affiliation with UNC Health will be mutually valuable to both organizations, but most importantly to the people that call Eastern North Carolina home," said Allen Hardison, Chairman of CarolinaEast Health System Board of Directors.
The development of this affiliation underscores both UNC Health's and CarolinaEast's commitment to rural healthcare and will help focus the organization on delivering an even higher level of care throughout the region. CarolinaEast will become part of North Carolina's leading public academic health system that currently includes 12 other hospitals and hundreds of clinics throughout the state.