Merger allows North Carolina hospital to bolster GI care

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Randolph Health in Asheboro, N.C., is reaping the rewards of its merger with American Healthcare Systems just two weeks after the deal was finalized, Fox8 reported July 19.

The hospital had filed for bankruptcy in March 2020 and was sold to Roanoke, Va.-based American Healthcare Systems for more than $10 million.

Now, Randolph Health's immediate focus is expanding staff and equipment for specialty care such as gastroenterology.

"We have one to three patients a day that we are having to send out because we don't have the GI physicians," Randolph Health CEO Tim Ford told Fox8.

The hospital plans to add a urologist and either a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, and aims to fill the gastroenterology department by mid-August.

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