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Hospitals race to sign up doctors (Morning Read)

Late Friday, the UNC Health Care System finalized a deal to affiliate with Wake Heart & Vascular Associates, a huge cardiology practice in Wake County long associated with WakeMed. It’s part of UNC’s bigger push to expand its heart business, according to the News & Observer.

Corrected 9:25 a.m., Oct. 19, 2010.

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Research Triangle Park hospitals race to sign up doctors. Late Friday, the UNC Health Care System finalized a deal to affiliate with Wake Heart & Vascular Associates, a huge cardiology practice in Wake County long associated with WakeMed. It’s part of UNC’s bigger push to expand its heart business, according to the News & Observer.

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