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Campbell, Harnett Health announce partnership

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. -

Harnett Health System, Inc. and Campbell University have established a formal, strategic partnership, the two organizations announced Tuesday.

The two will collaboratively work to achieve all aspects of a major and comprehensive healthcare community.

"In today's healthcare climate, healthcare organizations that are successful build strategically important and stable partnerships to enhance the quality of care, reduce the costs of care, and expand the scope of healthcare services across a significant geographical region," said Harnett Health President and CEO Ken Bryan. "This partnership accomplishes all three goals to ensure healthcare is developed throughout our area."

The first two key actions are to ensure that the need for physicians, especially in primary care, is effectively addressed and to promptly establish a residency program to train and keep physicians in the area after residency training.

The Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell welcomed its first class of 160 students in August 2013. Students will spend the first two years learning on the Harnett County campus in state-of-the-art simulation and anatomy labs before being assigned to training opportunities in regional community hospitals.

Both organizations are working to have a Campbell Residency Program with Harnett Health in place for 2015 to provide the continued training for these students.

"By placing our students in community hospitals for their third and fourth years and having residency programs available once they graduate, we believe it will enable our students to put down roots and become the next generation of physicians who practice in this community," said Dr. John Kauffman, dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine. "These students will be your pediatricians, your family doctors, your internists, your surgeons, your OBGYNs and your emergency medical physicians."

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