Atrium Health, Navicent Health to merge

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Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System, and Navicent Health, have signed a Letter of Intent to combine forces.

The not-for-profit organizations' merger would allow Atrium Health to have a regional presence in Georgia. Navicent, which is based in Macon, GA, would become part of Atrium and have access to capital and a wider patient base.

The combination will “enhance Macon-Bibb County's position as one of Georgia's leading centers for healthcare, keeping the physician community strong, and enabling patients to access complex medical services locally,” the company said.

“We're focused on creating a personalized care experience for each and every patient and community we serve,” said Gene Woods, president and CEO of newly named Atrium Health. “Whether it's improving health for those living in urban and rural areas through access to the newest virtual care technology, elevating hope for the parent of a sick child through an innovative cancer treatment, or advancing healing for a patient in our emergency department through integrated behavioral health services — the privilege to care for existing and new communities throughout central and south Georgia is another way to breathe life into our mission to care for all.”