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Halifax Regional Medical Center has chosen to join Vidant Health’s system of care.

The two signed a letter of integration in April.

The agreement was effective Saturday and represents a significant milestone in Halifax Regional’s goal to provide the best possible care to its community, Vidant said in a statement.

This new chapter highlights the two organizations’ shared commitment to provide excellent, patient-focused care for eastern North Carolina. Moving forward together offers new and enduring opportunities for the benefit of people in the Roanoke Valley and throughout the eastern region.

“We are excited to join the Vidant family,” said Will Mahone, president of Halifax Regional. “Vidant’s expertise in providing high-quality care in rural communities stood out to us. I have no doubt Halifax Regional Medical Center will continue to be a pillar of support for the people of the Roanoke Valley and the surrounding communities.”

Patients in the north-central region of North Carolina have depended on Halifax Regional since the first hospital opened in Roanoke Rapids in 1912.

The two organizations working together benefits patients and their families by offering an aligned system of care.

Additionally, Vidant has committed to investing $30 million in capital projects to enhance the delivery of health services over the next 10 years.

“This is a great day for eastern North Carolina,” said Dr. Michael Waldrum, chief executive officer of Vidant Health. “We are thrilled that Halifax Regional has joined the Vidant family. We’ve always shared a common mission to improve the health and well-being of the communities we are honored to serve.”

The final name of Halifax Regional will be determined in the coming months as leaders from both organizations seek input from team members and the community. The name of the facility will be revealed in the fall at a community celebration.

“This is a pivotal moment,” Mahone said. “This partnership sets the stage for us to pursue our shared mission in ways that are bold in scope and urgent in outlook. Both of our organizations understand the unique challenges of rural healthcare and we are committed to ensuring that high-quality care is readily available to this region. We look forward to a bright future together.”