Burriss says this operation has been in the work for a couple of years. “Carolina East has a really good reputation for delivering high-quality patient care,” said Chief Operating Officer of UNC Health Steve Burriss. “So they’ll make a natural, really good partner.” “We’d say at least 5 years,” said Burriss. “People have paid visits, going down here talking to the leadership, hoping that one day this would eventually work out.”
“Some things are easier than others,” said Leggett. “Some things will happen really quickly, some things will be phased in.” They say that with this change, people will start to see new things coming soon.
Carolina East will remain a separate operation with its own board of directors. They also say the authority of the Craven County Board of Commissioners will not be affected by this change. “This will make us bigger and better,” said Carolina East Health System President and CEO Ray Leggett. “We’ll be able to bring capabilities to New Bern that have not been here in the past.”
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