Rex Healthcare renamed UNC REX Healthcare

Rex Healthcare, the organization that includes Rex Hospital in Raleigh, has changed its name to UNC REX Healthcare to emphasize its connection to the regional university medical system in Chapel Hill.

Rex Hospital has been affiliated with UNC Medical Center since 2000, when the Raleigh hospital was acquired by UNC Health Care.

Rex, with 443 acute beds and 237 skilled nursing beds, is the second-largest hospital in the UNC system, after UNC Hospitals, which has 853 beds.

The UNC system comprises eight hospitals in seven counties, totaling 2,760 beds. UNC executives want to impress the organization’s scope on patients and their doctors.

“The name change will help reinforce the connection between hospitals and clinic sites in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and surrounding areas,” Rex said in its news release announcing the change.

Rex opened in 1894 as a community hospital and is now one of the largest employers in the Triangle, with a workforce exceeding 5,600. Rex is also in the forefront of UNC’s intense competition with Duke Medicine and WakeMed.

Rex is currently developing a $200-million, 114-bed heart and vascular hospital that is set to open in early 2017.

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