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By Michael Abramowitz

Friday, March 1, 2013

Eastern North Carolina’s two major medical institutions are set to renew their affiliation for providing health care and professional training for another 20 years.

Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University presented their affiliation agreement on Tuesday to the Vidant Health board of directors. The agreement is the product of more than a year of review and discussion by a joint committee comprised of representatives from ECU and Vidant.

The agreement, which will take effect in 2014, will be the third between the hospital and medical school since 1975, Dr. Ernest Larkin, senior adviser for medical affairs at Vidant Health and assistant dean for operations at Brody, said. Larkin presented a brief history of the medical center and school, then reviewed the new agreement with the board members.

A second affiliation agreement was ratified in 1994, and the new agreement will continue the relationship of Vidant and Brody as separate self-governing entities that have fully integrated their teaching and service relationship. Vidant Medical Center will continue as the Brody School of Medicine’s primary teaching hospital, rendering unnecessary the construction of a separate state-owned hospital with duplicate facilities.

The agreement recognizes the dual benefit of flexibility and stability gained by both institutions that enriches medical education, research and patient care for Pitt County residents and other counties in the east served by Vidant, Vidant Health CEO David Herman and VMC board chairman David Womack said.

The agreement is expected to be reviewed by all parties and signed later this year, a Vidant official said.

Contact Michael Abramowitz at mabramowitz@reflector.com or 252-329-9571.

via The Daily Reflector.

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