A hospital and a two-hospital system in western North Carolina have executed a joint operating agreement and expect to form a new system known as MedWest Health System effective Jan. 1, the partners said in a news release. The board of 105-bed Haywood Regional Medical Center, Clyde, approved the agreement this week, and the board of two-hospital WestCare Health System, Sylva, approved it Oct. 13. The WestCare system includes 86-bed Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva and 25-bed Swain County Hospital in Bryson City. Clyde and Sylva are about 24 miles apart by car.
N.C. organizations set to form new system
The two organizations announced their intentions to combine operations earlier this year. Integrating services and resources is “the best way to ensure the continuation and growth of comprehensive healthcare services,” said Mark Clasby, chair of Haywood’s board of commissioners. MedWest will have a governing board, but each of the partners will retain their own boards and will retain power to credential medical staff, make sale-lease decisions about their current assets and approve new members to the agreement, according to the release.
MedWest is expected to execute a management services agreement as of Jan. 1 with Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte.
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