Atrium Health

One of two major health care systems in the Charlotte area, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System. Atrium first opened doors as Charlotte Memorial Hospital in 1940. The system's network now includes more than 40 hospitals and 900 care locations, ranging from doctors' offices to behavorial health centers and nursing homes.

In 2018, Carolinas HealthCare System changed its name to Atrium Health.

On a Friday in early April, 56-year-old Ramona Reeves started to feel a little off at work. She’s a patient coordinator at Atrium Health, so it wasn’t hard to get a quick temperature check. It turned out she had a low-grade fever and was sent home. From that point, things took a turn for the worse.

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Atrium and Novant health systems now say that a field hospital is not needed in Charlotte, as social distancing measures in Mecklenburg County have helped slow a projected surge of coronavirus patients.

Atrium Health workers staffed a COVID-19 mobile testing site Tuesday off Eastway in east Charlotte.
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Atrium Health and Novant Health opened mobile COVID-19 testing sites this week on Charlotte's east and west sides, to expand testing in "hot spots" where minority communities are disproportionately affected by the virus.

Providing spiritual guidance and comfort to the sick is the daily calling of a hospital chaplain’s job. Holding someone’s hand to let them know they aren’t alone. Sitting next to a patient in pain. Offering words of encouragement. The goal of their work hasn’t changed, but how they go about their jobs in the wake of the coronavirus has.

"Oh, our world has been turned upside-down just like everyone else’s," said chaplain David Carl, the executive director with Spiritual Care at Atrium Health.

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A new option for pain relief in labor is gaining popularity in the United States -- nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. At least five Charlotte-area hospitals now offer it during childbirth.

Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center Main Complex, Charlotte.
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Atrium Health and Wake Forest University still are waiting to hear from federal regulators on a proposed partnership that would bring a new four-year medical school -- the city's first -- to Charlotte. 

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There's a lot of young tobacco and vape users who are angry right now. That’s because the Food and Drug Administration began to immediately enforce a ban on the sale of tobacco to anyone under 21 on Dec. 20, the same day that President Trump signed legislation raising the minimum age of purchase. 

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Charlotte’s two largest hospital systems are battling over who can add more patient beds. Atrium and Novant argued their cases Monday in a state health department hearing. 

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A huge swath of homes in Dilworth is being sold to a medical affiliated company. The Charlotte Ledger business newsletter reports the homes, about two dozen, all are in an area adjacent to Atrium where the hospital already owns 25 homes. Atrium earlier this year announced plans to expand its presence in the neighborhood. 

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Bank of America employees got some good news this week. For a third year, the bank is handing out an extra bonus – and it isn’t chump change. That means there’ll be more cash floating around Charlotte this holiday season. 

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Atrium Health and Wake Forest University announced Wednesday that they plan to open a new medical school in Charlotte, the city's first in more than 100 years. 

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For the more than 40 doctors at Lakeside Family Physicians and Huntersville OB/GYN, the move away from Novant Health is a return to how they used to practice medicine. Both groups were independent before joining with Novant about 15 years ago.

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A South Carolina Supreme Court decision may end a nearly 15-year legal battle to build a hospital in Fort Mill.

Piedmont Medical Center CEO Mark Noscaka was thrilled with the decision.

“We’ve never been closer. Never been closer,” he said.

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Starting Friday at 7 a.m., many hospitals in the region are restricting access for visitors under the age of 12 as flu cases go up.

Atrium Health and Novant Health, as well as Wake Forest Baptist in Winston Salem, Cone Health in Greensboro and Randolph Health in Asheboro, are all implementing the restriction at the same time in order to avoid confusion.

Matt Gleason had skipped getting a flu shot for more than a decade.

But after suffering a nasty bout of the virus last winter, he decided to get vaccinated at his Charlotte, N.C., workplace in October. "It was super easy and free," said Gleason, 39, a sales operations analyst.

That is, until Gleason fainted five minutes after getting the shot. Though he came to quickly and had a history of fainting, his colleagues called 911. And when the paramedics sat him up, he began vomiting. That symptom worried him enough to agree to go to the hospital in an ambulance.

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Atrium Health is expanding into Georgia effective Jan. 1. The combination with Macon-based Navicent Health was finalized Thursday after months of talks. As part of the deal, Atrium will invest $425 million into Navicent and care in the region. This expansion is just the start of Atrium’s move into central and southern Georgia.

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Atrium Health released more details about its $1 billion expansion plans announced over the summer to build new facilities at its quarterly board meeting Tuesday morning.

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The company that Atrium Health contracts with for billing services says it was hacked in late September. The company and the health system revealed Tuesday this could impact more than 2.65 million people all over the country.   

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Former Atrium Health employees have filed a class action lawsuit against the health system because they say it is falsely claiming it’s an arm of the government — when it’s really not. These employees say that’s a problem because when it comes to pensions and health plans, Atrium isn’t following some federal standards for benefits that private companies are subject to.

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Atrium Health and the North Carolina and United States Justice Departments have settled a 2016 antitrust lawsuit about health care pricing.

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