Southeastern joins UNC hospitals

Southeastern Regional officially joined the UNC System Thursday.

Southeastern Health and UNC Health announced Thursday that the two organizations have finalized a long-term, comprehensive Management Services Agreement (MSA) in which Southeastern Health becomes the newest member of UNC Health’s statewide network.

“This milestone reflects the hard work of our Board, leadership team, physicians and employees. We are incredibly excited to be taking this important step forward together,” said Kenneth Rust, chair of the Southeastern Board of Trustees. “As we shared last month, this partnership is all about our shared commitment to expand access to high-quality, cost-effective care here in Robeson County and the surrounding region.”

With the agreement finalized, Southeastern is no longer a stand-alone, independent health system but rather part of North Carolina’s leading public academic health system, UNC Health.

“Aligning with UNC Health will allow UNC Health Southeastern to become an even stronger regional healthcare leader,” said, Joann Anderson, President & CEO of UNC Health Southeastern. “Through this relationship, we’ll be able to leverage enhanced opportunities to recruit and retain highly-skilled physicians and caregivers to the area and maintain and grow the services we offer today – all while keeping care local. This is a great move that will positively impact the health and wellbeing of the community we serve. 

In addition to adopting a new name and brand, UNC Health Southeastern will begin the process of transitioning daily operations to more closely align with the protocols, policies, procedures and high clinical standards established by UNC Health and used throughout the health system. UNC Health Southeastern will also be adopting the ONE UNC Health System Values to guide the cultural integration.

“We’re happy to welcome Southeastern co-workers to the UNC Health family,” said Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health. “We look forward to learning from each other to serve the community, and to create a healthier North Carolina.”

For more information about how UNC Health Southeastern will be moving forward as part of the UNC Health system, please visit


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