UNC Health Care says no to WakeMed

May 16, 2011 6:00:10 PM PDT
UNC Health Care system's board of directors met Monday to officially discuss WakeMed's hostile takeover bid for Rex Hospital.

The board says it believes the sale of Rex is not in the best interest of the citizens of Wake County or North Carolina.

"Pulling Rex out of the UNC Health Care system would not be in the interest of the things that we do as a part of our multifaceted mission," said Bill Roper, CEO UNC Health Care system.

A mission Roper says is to serve all the people of North Carolina, especially those who have no place to go. Rex forms a key part of UNC's system for medical education, research and patient care.

That's a big reason Roper says why UNC Health Care is not interested in selling its interests in Rex to WakeMed.

"The board fully intends to exercise its fiduciary responsibility to consider such details, if any, of an offer to purchase Rex that may be forthcoming from WakeMed," Roper added.

Monday afternoon Bill Atkinson, president and CEO of WakeMed Health and Hospitals released a statement says in part, "We consider it a major step forward that UNC Health Care's Board of Directors has acknowledged that WakeMed's offer to purchase Rex is deserving of review and consideration. We are confident that, contrary to the board's resolution, the purchase is in the best interests of the citizens of Wake County and the state."

Roper strongly disputes that claim.

"Taking Rex out of UNC would not be in the interest of the state," Roper said.

Roper says UNC Health Care has not received any details from WakeMed. The board will form a committee to review any further details provided by WakeMed.

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