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Major Atrium Health deal will double size of hospital system, as it expands to Midwest

Hannah Smoot, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Health & Fitness

The combined system also announced a $2-billion pledge to tackle health inequities as well as a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

A long way from Carolinas HealthCare

The Advocate Aurora Health combination is the latest — and biggest — in moves that Atrium Health has taken toward nationwide expansion since changing its name from “Carolinas HealthCare System” in 2018.

That change was seen by experts as a sign of the hospital system’s ambitions to grow beyond the Carolinas, the Observer reported at the time.

And one day after announcing that name change, the hospital system announced a plan to combine with Georgia-based health care organization Navicent Health.

Since then, Atrium has combined with two other hospital systems: North Carolina’s Wake Forest Baptist Health and Georgia-based Floyd health system.


The partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health, including the Wake Forest School of Medicine, was announced in early 2019. That combination paved the way for Atrium to bring a medical school to Charlotte, which is the largest city in the U.S. without a four-year medical school, according to Atrium.

The Advocate Aurora Health combination will not affect the timeline for the Charlotte medical school, Woods said.

The school, a second campus for the Wake Forest School of Medicine, will be built on a 20-acre parcel at the intersection of Baxter Street and South McDowell Street, Atrium announced last year. The school will host its first class of students in 2024.

What’s next for Atrium deal


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