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Duke, LifePoint enter joint venture to improve healthcare delivery for North Carolina community hospitals

November 23, 2015

"Duke and LifePoint share a commitment to working collaboratively with communities, physicians and hospital staffs to optimize the availability of innovative healthcare services locally, while applying proven operational strategies that are more important than ever in the era of healthcare reform," said William J. Fulkerson, Jr., M.D., Executive Vice President of Duke University Health System. "We're pleased to become LifePoint's programmatic, safety, quality and clinical service development partner and believe that Duke/LifePoint offers an attractive option for community hospitals."

LifePoint Hospitals operates 52 hospital campuses in 17 states. The company specializes in operating community hospitals in non-urban markets where the hospital is the sole community provider in most of the communities it serves. Duke University Health System has inpatient and ambulatory locations throughout North Carolina and surrounding areas. It has partnered with many hospitals throughout its region to establish specialized medical services in their communities. Duke and LifePoint have worked together through an existing affiliation for improving cardiovascular services at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Virginia. This collaboration has resulted in the establishment of a systematic approach for heart attack patients that has received recognition by the American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Data Registry for achieving consistency in adhering to evidence-based standards of heart attack care for the past year.

SOURCE Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Hospitals