Academic Health and Hospital Operator Partnerships: Q&A With Dr. Bill Fulkerson and Bill Carpenter of Duke LifePoint Healthcare

6/20/2011

Read the entire article at Becker's Hospital Review.

In January 2011, Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System and Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Hospitals announced the formation of a joint venture designed to strengthen healthcare in the region by providing affiliation options for community hospitals. Since its formation, the joint venture has made strides in North Carolina's healthcare market, with two pending hospital deals – Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson, N.C., and Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro, N.C. – and the acquisition of nine cardiac catheterization labs from Charlotte, N.C.-based MedCath.

Bill Fulkerson, MD, executive vice president of Duke University Health System, and Bill Carpenter, Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals, say this partnership has a unique synergy and makes tremendous sense. In June 2011, Dr. Fulkerson and Mr. Carpenter spoke to Becker's Hospital Review about how they found one another as partners, their shared vision for community hospitals and what they believe makes a successful joint venture.


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