“The new year marks an important and exciting chapter for health care in eastern North Carolina,” said Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health and Dean of the Brody School of Medicine. “2022 will be a transformative year for Vidant and Brody as we create ECU Health and position ourselves as the national university model for delivering rural health care. Together, ECU Health will have profoundly positive impacts on the health and well-being of those we serve.
The two organizations work together to:
- Evaluate and modify existing practices to improve the quality and coordination of care.
- Incorporate some management structures and strategic planning efforts.
- Develop a shared services plan to support the integrated entity.
- Leverage the capabilities of each organization to advance the collective research and education infrastructure.
- Coordinate philanthropic initiatives.
The joint operating agreement received board approval in November and became official on January 1, 2022. The agreement provides a structure that allows the two organizations to more effectively address current issues facing the region. faced – such as health disparities and barriers to care delivery – while better anticipating future health care and education needs.
“The close partnership between Brody and Vidant has created a strong foundation on which to build ECU Health,” said Dr. Jason Higginson, Executive Dean of Brody. “The ability to combine academic excellence with the delivery of high-quality, state-of-the-art health care will increase the care, research, and educational opportunities available to the people of Eastern Carolina. North. We look forward to continuing to work together and introducing ECU Health to the community later this year.