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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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Updated: 4:20 p.m.

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

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

Updated: 5:05 p.m.

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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Atrium Health

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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Atrium Health

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

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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Atrium Health has plans to build a new hospital in Union County, but first needs state approval to do so. 

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Atrium Health

Atrium Health is beefing up security at many of its hospitals and health facilities. Visitors will soon have to check in at reception desks and in some places have to go through metal detectors.

Dr. Dale Owen points to the eight Tryon Medical Partners office locations that will open over the next several months. They are strategically located near where Atrium owned Mecklenburg Medical Group's offices.
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Hospital systems have been on a buying binge the last few years, gobbling up doctors’ practices. By one estimate, nearly a third of medical practices nationwide are now part of a large hospital network.

But one large group of physicians is going in another direction - it’s breaking away from Atrium Health and opening an independent practice next month. 

Atrium Health is opening a primary care practice at the YMCA near uptown Monday. The new practice will serve between 16 and 20 patients a day and adds to the physical therapy and rehab services the health system already offers at two other YMCA locations.

The group of about 90 doctors that sued Atrium Health to leave and form an independent practice have dropped the suit. The physicians are part of Mecklenburg Medical Group, and announced in April they were leaving Atrium and suing the health system to get out of their contracts.

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Atrium Health

At least 151 employees of Atrium Health’s previous anesthesiology provider are at risk of being laid off. This comes after a long, bitter public battle between the health system and the doctors' group. 

Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System, is having a dispute with the Mecklenburg Medical Group.
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A new group of anesthesiologists will start at Atrium Health hospitals July 1 as planned after a bitter court fight and public battle with the outgoing group of physicians. 

An artist's rendering of a new Atrium Health facility.
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Atrium Health says it plans to spend about $1 billion to expand its health care facilities in the Charlotte region and beyond. But it’s not quite clear exactly what will be built, where the money will come from for these new projects, and what Atrium defines as beyond.

The group of nearly 90 doctors leaving Atrium Health is rebranding itself as the Tryon Medical Partners. Formerly part of the Mecklenburg Medical Group, Tryon Medical Partners split with Atrium after it sued the hospital network in a challenge to Atrium's non-compete agreements so its doctors could practice independently. 

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