Our Vision

Expanding Regional Access to High-Quality, Specialty Services

The rural health expertise and scale of UNC Health allows Blue Ridge to benefit from enhancements in clinical and organizational initiatives, purchasing support, access to additional clinical and operational expertise, and much more.

UNC Health Blue Ridge will:

Leading Healthcare Option

Build a leading healthcare option for UNC Health’s Mountain Region. We will do this over time by creating a coordination of care in the area.

Clinician and Facility Network

Form a high-performing network of facilities and clinicians focused on providing the best patient care, increasing affordability and efficiency, engaging with patients and local communities to elevate public health, and keeping more care local by increasing access to primary and higher-level specialty services.

Enhance and Grow Programs

Enhance and grow Blue Ridge’s clinical programs and service lines including adding appropriate specialty healthcare services.

Employee and Provider Satisfaction

Maintain and enhance employee and provider satisfaction and retention; Improve access to research and clinical trials for citizens across the Mountain Region.

Population Health

Leverage UNC Health’s existing population health solutions to the benefit of the residents of the Mountain Region.

Innovative Care Models

Collectively explore innovative rural healthcare models that will make UNC Health Blue Ridge a leader in value-based care regionally and across the state.

UNC Health Blue Ridge recognizes the importance and expertise of our team members and our physicians. Current teammates will continue as Blue Ridge employees, and providers will continue to affiliate in the same manner done so today.

What’s Next

This announcement marks an important milestone for our community and our health system. 

We remain focused on enhancing the lives we serve. We know the community, our employees and our providers will be interested in our progress, and we are committed to being transparent with timely updates as we continue working through the details of our partnership.


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