“Our mission is to provide care to every citizen in North Carolina, and we are excited to welcome this outstanding group of physicians to UNC Health Care,” said William L. Roper, MD, MPH, CEO of UNC Health Care.
The long-term affiliation between Wake Heart and UNC Health Care advances a shared vision of care for heart and vascular patients in North Carolina.
“Combining our private practice with an academic medical center will result in the best care for our patients,” said Michael Zellinger, MD, president of Wake Heart.
Wake Heart provides comprehensive heart services to prevent, diagnose and treat a range of cardiovascular-related conditions.
Nationwide, there is a trend of doctors joining hospitals. According to the Medical Group Management Association, in 2009, half of new doctors were hired by hospitals. According to a 2009 American Medical Association report, more than 15 percent of doctors work for a hospital. It is anticipated this growth will continue as a result of health reform, which focuses more on integrated care models.
“We are excited that a large, important private practice in our region wants to affiliate with us to serve the state,” said Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, physician-in-chief, UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care and chief of the Division of Cardiology at UNC.
Wake Heart will maintain its strong presence at WakeMed and in Wake County and eastern North Carolina, including offices in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Wilson, Knightdale, Smithfield, Clayton, Louisburg, Oxford, Rocky Mount, Benson, Dunn, Clinton and Goldsboro.
“Our shared mission with UNC will allow us to advance the care we provide to the community, including the underserved areas of eastern North Carolina,” said James Tift Mann, III, MD, of Wake Heart.
About Wake Heart & Vascular Associates
Wake Heart & Vascular, one of the nation’s premier cardiovascular practices, has 23 doctors and sets the standard in North Carolina for patient-centered care through experience, innovation, and quality of care. Communication between patients and their primary care physician is a priority of the practice.
The practice provides echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiology, acute stroke intervention, peripheral vascular intervention, carotid artery intervention, electrophysiology and cardiac magnetic resonance angiography.
About UNC Health Care
UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care.
The UNC Health Care System, with more than 6,000 employees, serves patients in all 100 counties of North Carolina and includes the 786-bed UNC Hospitals (N.C. Memorial, Children’s, Women’s, Neurosciences and Cancer Hospitals) that is consistently ranked among the best medical centers in the country; the UNC School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution; community practices; home health and hospice services in seven central North Carolina counties; and Rex Healthcare. For more information, visit unchealthcare.org.