Two of Charlotte’s biggest health care systems, which have been at war with each-other for decades, have decided to put aside their differences and join forces for the greater good.
According to WBTV, top officers at Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health have met at least a half dozen times over the past few weeks to discuss how then can collaborate to provide better health care in Charlotte’s under-served communities.
Last night, the two healthcare organizations invited 40 businesses, religious and educational institutions, local government agencies and nonprofits to meet to discuss ways “to improve the health of Charlotte’s communities whose population health status is significantly challenged.”
The ongoing focus of this new city-wide collaboration will be on helping distressed neighborhoods that don’t have enough health services or access to fresh foods, and where health issues are well above the national average.
“This is a joint opportunity for us to unite resources that will hopefully address long-term outcomes,” Carl Armato, Novant Heath’s CEO remarked, “our two organizations are two of the best in the industry at delivering. … We’re going to have the opportunity to truly transform these communities in unprecedented ways.”