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UNC Health Care board changed in finalized bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly has agreed to give more authority to the University of North Carolina system’s governing board in choosing who will oversee its state hospital system.

Thursday’s final approval by the Legislature seeks to cement a facet of a deal reached last month between UNC Health Care and WakeMed Health & Hospitals that ended its high-profile fight.

WakeMed had complained state-owned UNC Health Care had an unfair competitive advantage. WakeMed offered to buy UNC-affiliated Rex Health Care of Raleigh for $750 million but withdrew its hostile bid as part of the agreement that also required concessions by UNC Health Care.

Thursday’s bill – now heading to Gov. Beverly Perdue – gives the UNC Board of Governors more say over who will serve on UNC Health Care’s board of directors.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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