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GOLDS­BORO, N.C.—

Wayne Health Corp., the par­ent com­pany of 267-bed Wayne Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Golds­boro, re­ported that its op­er­at­ing in­come fell by nearly half for fis­cal 2010 com­pared with the prior fis­cal year, but the par­ent com­pany man­aged an over­all net in­come of just over $800,000 ver­sus a loss of $24.3 mil­lion in fis­cal 2009, ac­cord­ing to its an­nual au­dited fi­nan­cial state­ments. Fis­cal 2010 ended Sept. 30 for both. Fis­cal 2009 in­cluded a $30.9 mil­lion in­crease in the es­ti­mate of its pen­sion li­a­bil­i­ties that swung Wayne Health to the loss; in fis­cal 2010, its pen­sion li­a­bil­ity in­creased by only $6.6 mil­lion. Op­er­at­ing in­come was $3.4 mil­lion in fis­cal 2010, down 46% from $6.3 mil­lion in fis­cal 2009. Rev­enue was $200.3 mil­lion, down 1.1% from fis­cal 2009. Ad­mis­sions de­clined 1.5%, to 12,900.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—

North Carolina Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, part of UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, opened its NHL Legacy Class­room in con­junc­tion with the Na­tional Hockey League’s All-Star Week­end in Raleigh, N.C. The class­room fea­tures web-con­fer­enc­ing equip­ment and soft­ware do­nated by Cisco Sys­tems that al­lows pa­tients to con­nect with fam­ily, friends, schools and teach­ers. The class­room also fea­tures col­lab­o­ra­tion tools do­nated by Smart Tech­nolo­gies. Play­ers and league of­fi­cials at­tended the open­ing, as well as for­mer player Pat La­Fontaine, whose Com­pan­ions in Courage Foun­da­tion has opened 11 sim­i­lar rooms at sites through­out the U.S. and Canada.

ABILENE, Texas—

Al­liant Pur­chas­ing has acquired the Abilene-based group pur­chas­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion Health Af­fil­i­ated Ser­vices for an undis­closed amount. Based in Louisville, Ky., Al­liant is a pur­chas­ing-and­ser­vice co­op­er­a­tive owned jointly by Nor­ton Health­care, a four-hos­pi­tal health sys­tem also based in Louisville, and Blue & Co., an ac­count­ing and in­vest­ment firm based in At­lanta. Al­liant links its clients with con­tracts from Premier, a large group pur­chas­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion based in Char­lotte, N.C. Health Af­fil­i­ated Ser­vices works with

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