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Nash Health Care to affiliate with UNC

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Nash Health Care Systems announced Monday that it will affiliate with UNC Health Care, although the move does not involve any sale or exchange of assets, according to a news release from both parties.

The agreement will go into effect April 1. Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners members say the agreement will save money and improve services for area patients.

In June 2013, the Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners issued a Request for Proposal to five pre-selected regional tertiary hospitals for evaluation of an expanded affiliation relationship.

"After review of the proposals, it was clear that UNC Health Care is the right partner to help strengthen and guide our organization into the future," said Vincent C. Andracchio II, Chairman of the Nash Health Care Systems Board of Commissioners, in a statement. "Nash Health Care has enjoyed growth and success throughout its history. However, we know that it will be virtually impossible for community hospitals to operate independently in the ever changing health care environment.

"We are joining a strong and growing hospital system with experience in working in communities across our state. UNC Health Care has an excellent track record of improving the quality of the local health care delivery system. In addition, keeping local hospital leadership, governance and traditions intact is vitally important."

The Nash Health Care Systems Board of Commissioners will maintain ownership of Nash Health Care, and CEO Larry Chewning will continue to report to the Nash Health Care Board, as well as to UNC Health Care.

"We are pleased to welcome Nash Health Care into our system," said David Strong, chief operating officer of system affiliations for UNC Health Care. "This agreement combines the successful health care delivery at Nash Health Care with the managerial experience and capabilities of our system."

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