Central Carolina Hospital and Frye Regional Medical Center Join Duke LifePoint


Brentwood, Tenn. (January 4, 2016)Duke LifePoint Healthcare today announced that it has grown its presence in North Carolina with the acquisition of Central Carolina Hospital and Frye Regional Medical Center. Central Carolina, a 137-bed hospital based in Sanford, and Frye Regional, a 355-bed hospital in Hickory, were previously owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation. The acquisition also included 19 regional physician practices.

“We’re pleased to welcome Central Carolina and Frye Regional to Duke LifePoint,” said William J. Fulkerson Jr., M.D., executive vice president of Duke University Health System.  “With the addition of these providers to our network, we’ve expanded Duke LifePoint’s strong presence in North Carolina to include nine hospitals across the state. We have opportunities to collaborate with Central Carolina and Frye Regional to provide enhanced services that will help make people in Sanford, Hickory and surrounding communities healthier and advance the delivery of quality healthcare throughout this region.”

As part of the acquisition, Duke LifePoint has hired all eligible Central Carolina and Frye Regional employees. It is maintaining all services provided by the hospitals.  With a continued commitment to high-quality, patient-centered care, Duke LifePoint is focused on strengthening Central Carolina and Frye Regional and ensuring that the hospitals have the resources, including medical staff, technology and equipment, to meet the changing needs of their communities into the future. Terms of the sale are not disclosed.

“As we have learned more about Duke LifePoint, we have grown even more confident that this acquisition offers great benefits to our community, our employees and our physicians,” said David Spivey, chair of the Central Carolina governing board.  “We look forward to being a part of a system with a significant presence in North Carolina and nationally.”

Duke LifePoint has a growing network of hospitals and services designed to strengthen and improve healthcare delivery. With the addition of Central Carolina and Frye Regional, the organization now operates 14 hospitals in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

John Orgain, chair of the Frye Regional governing board, said, “Being part of Duke LifePoint’s network gives us the opportunity to grow our hospital and continue our efforts to advance healthcare services in the communities we serve and be a significant part of an effort to enhance healthcare across North Carolina.”

Other facilities in the Duke LifePoint network include:

  • Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva, NC

  • Haywood Regional Medical Center, Clyde, NC

  • Maria Parham Medical Center, Henderson, NC

  • Person Memorial Hospital, Roxboro, NC

  • Rutherford Regional Health System, Rutherfordton, NC

  • Swain Community Hospital, Bryson City, NC

  • Wilson Medical Center, Wilson, NC

  • Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, PA

  • Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center, Meyersdale, PA

  • Conemaugh Miners Medical Center, Hastings, PA

  • Twin County Regional Healthcare, Galax, VA

  • UP Health System – Marquette, Marquette, MI

Duke LifePoint also owns DLP Cardiac Partners in Charlotte, NC, which offers hospital-based catheterization labs and mobile catheterization services.  

“Central Carolina and Frye Regional are exciting additions to the Duke LifePoint family,” said William F. Carpenter III, chairman and chief executive officer of LifePoint Health. “We look forward to working with their teams and affiliated physicians to explore ways that we can expand the great work they already do and improve the health and wellbeing of people throughout North Carolina.”

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint's experience in community-based hospital management and Duke's world-renowned leadership in patient safety and clinical quality systems, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.


LifePoint Health
Diane Huggins, 615-920-7651

Duke University Health System
Sarah Avery, 919-660-1306

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