University of North Carolina Hospitals is asking the state for more independence so that it can keep up with its competitors.
A special provision tucked inside a state appropriations bill would give UNC Hospitals more flexibility in its business dealings, many of which must be approved by state bureaucrats. UNC Hospitals is the only state-owned healthcare system in North Carolina.
The provision would cover UNC Hospitals, UNC Physicians and Associates, and East Carolina University's Faculty Practice Plan.
If passed, the provision would give UNC greater autonomy in personnel decisions, purchasing, construction contracts and property acquisitions, said Robin Gaitens, a spokeswoman for UNC Hospitals.
"Unlike other state departments, we're in a unique situation because we have to remain competitive," Gaitens said.