Wake For­est, WakeMed, Vi­dant form non-own­er­ship al­liance

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Beth Kutscher

Three health sys­tems in North Carolina have formed a non-own­er­ship al­liance that will al­low them to share back-of­fice func­tions while still main- tain­ing their in­de­pen­dence.

Greenville-based Vi­dant Health, which has eight hos­pi­tals, is form­ing a shared-ser­vices op­er­at­ing company with Wake For­est Bap­tist Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Win­ston-Salem, and WakeMed Health & Hos­pi­tals, Raleigh, which each have three hos­pi­tals.

The deal is the lat­est in a string of sim­i­lar trans­ac­tions oc­cur­ring across the coun­try, al­low­ing health sys­tems to meet the goals and chal­lenges of pop­u­la­tion health man­age­ment with­out for­mally merg­ing.

The part­ners can take ad­van­tage of joint pur­chas­ing for costly tech­nol­ogy up­grades and other sup­plies, and de­velop an­a­lyt­ics data to help re­duce the costs of care de­liv­ery.

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