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Atrium Health and Navicent Health Sign Strategic Combination Agreement

Two highly-regarded healthcare organizations joining together on Jan. 1, 2019

Atrium Health and Atrium Health Navicent announced that they have officially signed the definitive agreement for their strategic combination. The signing is the latest step after signing a letter of intent in February and completing due diligence, negotiations, and receiving approval earlier this month by the Georgia Attorney General's office. Both the Atrium Health Board of Commissioners and the Atrium Health Navicent Board of Directors subsequently voted unanimously to approve this strategic combination, which will be effective January 1, 2019.

As a result of this strategic combination, Atrium Health Navicent will be a hub for Atrium Health for central and south Georgia, enhancing Macon-Bibb County's position as one of Georgia's leading centers for healthcare. This combination will keep the physician community strong and enable patients to access advanced medical services locally. It will also allow Atrium Health to expand its world-class services and economic benefit to central and south Georgia and beyond.

"This important milestone demonstrates our continued commitment to creating a personalized care experience for each and every patient and community we serve," said Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health. "By the joining of two well respected healthcare organizations, we will have the privilege to provide even greater access and care for existing and new communities throughout central and south Georgia, while we continue to live our mission to improve health, elevate hope, and advance healing - for all."

Atrium Health will invest capital and work with Atrium Health Navicent clinical experts to enhance the depth and breadth of services Atrium Health Navicent currently provides. This strategic combination will build upon Atrium Health Navicent's already extensive system of healthcare including its nationally verified Level I trauma center and will increase support for its medical professionals. By working together, Atrium Health and Atrium Health Navicent will implement innovative treatment models like virtual care and telepsychiatry throughout central and south Georgia, creating the next generation of health that is better for all they serve.

"The combination of Atrium Health and Atrium Health Navicent brings together two highly aligned healthcare systems with similar missions and culture and promises to deliver enhanced levels of care throughout the region with multiple service lines for the development of healthy communities," said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, president and CEO of Atrium Health Navicent.

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The signed agreement includes the following:

"¢ Atrium Health Navicent will be established as the central and south Georgia hub for the Atrium Health network, led by the Atrium Health Navicent president and CEO, directing Atrium Health initiatives in the region and enhancing the capabilities of the physician community to allow more patients to stay close to home for care.

"¢ Together, Atrium Health and Atrium Health Navicent will provide a capital investment which includes $400 million for routine expenditures and designated strategic expenditures to be funded from Atrium Health Navicent, $250 million for additional strategic expenditures to be funded by Atrium Health; $175 million for discretionary expenditures to be funded by Atrium Health and $175 million to be funded by Atrium Health Navicent.

"¢ Atrium Health Navicent, in the combination with Atrium Health, will continue to invest in the central Georgia area to identify and address unmet needs of the underserved and uninsured communities.

"¢ Atrium Health will maintain and expand Atrium Health Navicent's core services, including its nationally verified Level I trauma center, tertiary services and teaching hospital.

"¢ Atrium Health Navicent will have two members nominated to the system-wide Atrium Health Board of Commissioners or Board of Advisors.

"¢ Atrium Health Navicent will continue to be guided by a local board which will include two members from Atrium Health.

Photo Caption: Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health, and Ninfa M. Saunders, president and CEO of Atrium Health Navicent, are joined by board members and staff from both organizations, to celebrate the signing of the definitive agreement for the organizations' strategic combination. As a result of this strategic combination, Atrium Health Navicent will be a hub for Atrium Health for central and south Georgia.

About Atrium Health

Atrium Health, previously Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation's leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout the Southeast region. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate The Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Atrium Health Navicent has 970 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. Atrium Health Navicent's facilities in Macon-Bibb County are leased from the Macon-Bibb County Hospital Authority under a long-term lease. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, the region's only dedicated pediatric hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin and Medical Center of Peach County, Atrium Health Navicent, both rural hospitals; Rehabilitation Hospital, Atrium Health Navicent, the region's oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Atrium Health Navicent, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Atrium Health Navicent, the area's first continuing care retirement community; as well as diagnostic and home care services.

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