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WakeMed, Duke discussing collaboration

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Duke Medicine and WakeMed Health & Hospitals are discussing how they can work together, the two Triangle health leaders said Monday afternoon in joint statements.

The goal, the two said, would be for the two organizations to work together “while maintaining their independence.”

“We are very pleased to pursue these discussions with our colleagues at Duke Medicine and to explore areas where we can work together to enhance patient care delivery while improving the overall health of our communities,” said Donald Gintzig, WakeMed president and chief executive officer. “This concept ties closely to one of the foundational elements in WakeMed’s new strategic plan, which includes working closely with like-minded organizations, as well as physicians and physician organizations, to enhance the health of our community.”

Gintzig was recently named to the CEO position after serving as an interim in that role.

Duke and WakeMed have a history of some collaboration.

In 2012, Duke and WakeMed established the Duke Children’s & WakeMed Children’s Specialty Services Clinic.

Monday’s announcement doesn’t create any legal or financial commitments, but establishes that both are interested in working together in the fast-growing Triangle market.

Duke and WakeMed are two of the leaders in health care in the area, along with UNC Health Care, which runs Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

“With an agreed-upon framework established, our discussions can proceed with both organizations focused on the broad objectives,” said William J. Fulkerson, Jr., MD, executive vice president for Duke University Health System. “We look forward to working with Donald and the WakeMed team to creatively seek new care delivery options.”

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