MedWest Haywood and Duke LifePoint Healthcare have finalized Duke
LifePoint's acquisition of the 169-bed medical center and its affiliated
assets. Duke LifePoint will invest a minimum of $36 million in capital
improvements at Haywood facilities over the next eight years and provide
resources that will help it enhance and expand its services. MedWest
Haywood will now be known as Haywood Regional Medical Center.
"As part of Duke LifePoint, Haywood Regional will be better able to meet
the changing needs of our community," said Frank Powers, chairman of the
Haywood Regional Board of Trustees. "We are delighted to finalize this
acquisition and begin our collaboration with Duke LifePoint to improve
the health and wellbeing of people throughout this region, create new
opportunities for our staff and physicians, and strengthen our medical
center for the future ahead."
Created in 1927, Haywood Regional was the first county hospital in North
Carolina. It offers a comprehensive array of services, including
orthopedics, spine services, cardiology, general surgery, women's care,
emergency medicine and behavioral health. In addition to its medical
center, its campus is home to a health and fitness center, the Haywood
Outpatient Care Center, and The Homestead, an inpatient hospice
facility. Haywood Regional also operates two urgent care centers located
inHazelwood and Canton.
"Duke LifePoint is honored to welcome Haywood Regional to our system,"
said LifePoint Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William F. Carpenter
III. "The physicians and staff at Haywood Regional have shown inspiring
dedication and commitment to their patients and community. We look
forward to working with them to build on the great tradition of care
that exists here and transform health care delivery in Clyde and beyond."
As part of Duke LifePoint, Haywood Regional will support its local
economy by becoming a local taxpayer. A local board of trustees will be
established to ensure a strong community voice in Haywood Regional's
long-term strategic direction.
"Haywood Regional has played a central role in the health care
infrastructure of Haywood County for nearly 90 years," said William J.
Fulkerson, Jr., MD, executive vice president of Duke University Health
System. "The Duke LifePoint team is pleased to partner with the medical
staff and employees to further strengthen Haywood Regional's ability to
advance health care throughout this region."
Duke LifePoint's acquisition of Haywood Regional was approved by the
Haywood County Board of Commissioners and the local Hospital Authority
About Haywood Regional Medical Center
Haywood Regional Medical Center provides high-quality health care for
the people of Haywood County, North Carolina and surrounding
communities. Offering over twenty-three specialties, a health and
fitness center, an outpatient care center, eight physician clinics and a
hospice and palliative care facility, Haywood Regional Medical Center
works to improve life in the communities we serve.
About Duke LifePoint Healthcare
Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health
System, Inc. and LifePoint Hospitals® (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to
build a dynamic network of hospitals and health care providers. The
joint venture, which brings together LifePoint's experience in
community-based hospital management and Duke's world-renowned leadership
in clinical service, is strengthening and improving health care delivery
by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational
resources they need to grow and prosper. For additional information,
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