Atrim Health suspends plans to merge with UNC Health Care

Atrium Health has suspended discussions with UNC Health Care to form a joint operating company.

Atrium Health Board of Commissioners Chairman Ed Brown and Atrium Health President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Woods informed UNC Health Care’s leadership in a letter sent earlier on Friday.

"Atrium Health is committed to the patients and communities of North Carolina more than ever and remains committed to creating an organization that will serve more people in better ways and enhancing our ability to address our state’s most pressing issues including rural care, behavioral health, and affordability," the healthcare organization said in a written statement released on Friday. 

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In their letter sent to UNC Health Care on Friday, Atrium informed UNC that while they have not been able to reach an agreement, their respect for UNC Health Care, its team and UNC Health Care's accomplishments has grown through the process. 

"We will remain steadfast in our mission to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all, and committed to ensuring the people of the Carolinas and beyond have access to world-class care," Atrium said.