Atlanta > Emory and Wellstar Discuss Merger

| February 11, 2015


ATLANTA — Emory University and WellStar Health System announced today that they are engaged in formal discussions regarding their vision to create a new, unified health system to provide excellence in patient care and advance world-class healthcare throughout Metro Atlanta, Georgia, and beyond. The new health system would be formed by combining Emory Healthcare, an entity owned by Emory University, and WellStar Health System into a new system.

The Executive Committee of the Emory University Board of Trustees and the WellStar Health System Board of Trustees have each approved a resolution to continue discussions for the next 45 days. These discussions will serve as an opportunity to educate constituents, have dialogue, and answer questions in preparation for committing to a multistep design process for the new health system that would take about a year to complete.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to create an unparalleled new healthcare system,” said John Morgan, chair of the Emory University Board of Trustees. “Combining the significant resources, talent, and expertise of Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System would bring together two highly respected institutions that together are well known for their commitment to patient care, education, discovery, and innovation. We are honored to be engaged in discussions with WellStar, a prominent community-based health system.”

“As a not-for-profit health system, WellStar Health System was built to serve our communities,” said Gary Miller, chair of the WellStar Board of Trustees. “The same focus on our patients and our team members as an employer of choice that has led to our system’s continued growth will still permeate everything we do. This move is an affirmation of our commitment to providing world-class care to our communities long-term. We are privileged to be in discussions with Emory University regarding Emory Healthcare, a leading academic health system.”

The strategic intent is to combine the significant healthcare resources of Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System in order to create a new, innovative healthcare environment with the best of community-based care and the best of academic medicine.

“During discussions among trustees and executives at both Emory and WellStar, it quickly became evident that we share a vision, commitment, and enthusiasm to create a new organization that strengthens and advances our mission of exceptional patient care, health sciences and medical education, and research,” said James W. Wagner, president of Emory University. “We have an extraordinary opportunity to create a health system that is second to none.”

“Our shared vision is to design one of the best health systems in the nation to serve local communities, the state of Georgia, and beyond,” said Reynold J. Jennings, CEO of WellStar Health System. “The new system will be one of the most innovative and transformational healthcare systems in the industry.”

The combined competencies of WellStar Health System, a prominent community-based health system, and Emory Healthcare, a leading academic health system, will provide an organization that can thrive in the rapidly evolving healthcare environment. The new health system would operate from a position of strength to serve humanity by delivering the highest quality patient care and healthcare services to the individuals and communities the two health systems serve, and by improving health through the integration of education, discovery, and healthcare delivery.

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