In 1995, a group of dedicated individuals decided to make a difference in healthcare in western North Carolina. They began to identify, explore, and implement opportunities to collaborate among the area’s hospitals and healthcare systems. WNC Health Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, includes 17 hospitals in western North Carolina.
Collaboration started with quality improvement and achieving cost savings and value through aggregation of group purchasing volume. It developed over time to include a regional health information exchange and focus on population health. In 2013, Capstone Health Alliance was created as a separate, wholly owned subsidiary of WNC Health Network to house the group purchasing program.
Today, WNC Health Network, an alliance of 17 hospitals in western North Carolina, works together and with partners to improve health and healthcare. Partners in western North Carolina, along with member hospitals, are engaged to foster healthy and thriving communities and care systems.