WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and UNC Health Care have signed a Letter of Intent for Baptist to acquire and integrate High Point Regional Health and its affiliates into their health care system in summer 2018.

UNC is currently the parent organization of High Point Regional.

The agreement enables High Point Regional and Wake Forest Baptist to build on relationships and create connections with physicians. The announcement was made in a press release sent out on Wednesday.

“Wake Forest Baptist and High Point Regional Health have a long history of working together to provide high quality care to patients in our Triad communities,” said Julie Ann Freischlag, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Interim Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine. “We are very glad to unite with our neighbors and colleagues at High Point Regional Health to bring our collaboration - to improve the health of all in the Triad - to the next level.”

“We are very excited about a partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center,” said Ernie Bovio, president & CEO of High Point Regional Health. “This is an important step for the long-term growth and future of High Point Regional.”