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Pardee, UNC Health Care and Henderson County to Strengthen Affiliation

The Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today on a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Pardee Hospital and UNC Health Care System (UNCHCS) that builds upon the current affiliation and strengthens the partnership between the two health care organizations.

The MOU sets the foundation for a revised Management Agreement between Pardee, UNCHCS and Henderson County. This agreement replaces the current management agreement between Pardee and UNCHCS by extending the relationship from 10 to 25 years. The MOU allows UNCHCS greater direct involvement with Pardee’s clinical, business, and financial operations.  Furthermore, this announcement allows for the potential investment by UNCHCS in Pardee facilities and operations and potential expansion of clinical facilities at Pardee. The new agreement will also extend the duration of Pardee Hospital’s lease with the county for both the hospital buildings and land.

“From the onset, this affiliation was always intended to improve access and delivery of medical services to Henderson County and beyond,” said Bill Moyer, Pardee Hospital Board Chair. “We’ve seen these benefits first hand and we want to build upon this success.  I can’t help reflect upon the 60 years that Pardee has been caring for this region and how we are even more prepared than ever to serve our patients.”

“We are very pleased with the terrific way the Hospital Corporation and UNC Health Care System have worked to make Pardee an even better hospital for this community,” said Henderson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlie Messer.  “The cooperative arrangement has been extremely effective, and we look forward to greater cooperation in the future to insure that even in a time of great change in healthcare, Pardee will remain a viable and valuable institution for the citizens of the County.”

County Manager, Steve Wyatt, “You have to give a lot of credit to the County Commissioners for recognizing the challenges the County hospital faces in the days to come and for meeting these challenges head on.”

This agreement also revises the structure of the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors. The current board is compromised of 11 members. The new structure expands the board to a total of 15 members with appointments being made by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and by UNC Health Care System.

Gary L. Park, President of UNC Hospitals, said, “We are thrilled with our relationship with Pardee Hospital. It is an exceptional organization with strong leadership and strong governance. We are a stronger system because of our relationship with Pardee. I have great respect for the Pardee Board and I applaud the county commissioners for their cooperation and their vision."

This announcement comes almost two years after the original June 2011 affiliation of Pardee and UNCHCS. In this time, Pardee and the citizens it serves has benefited from expanding insurance coverage for its patients, a broad range of resources, and access to the growing network of UNCHCS.

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