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The Council believes an affiliation will help enhance access to high-quality health care services in the community.

Anniston, AL (February 22, 2023) – Earlier this month, the Health Care Authority of the City of Anniston (RMC) Board of Directors and Leadership Team signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) for RMC to become an affiliate of the UAB Health System. Last night, the Anniston City Council passed a resolution outlining their support of the pending affiliation.

“We are grateful for the Council’s support of our efforts to deepen our relationship with the UAB Health System,” said Louis Bass, President and CEO of RMC. “After a thorough partnership exploration process, it was clear to us that the UAB Health System is the right fit for our community. We couldn’t be more excited that the Council agrees and has made a public endorsement as we enter the next phase of this process.”

The resolution acknowledges the integral role RMC plays in meeting the health care needs of Northeast Alabama and underscores the UAB Health System’s reputation for providing outstanding care, stating that the UAB Health System is, “an ideal partner for RMC to protect, grow, and enhance its health system and the health care services provided to the community.”

Both organizations are currently in a period of due diligence to fully determine the details of a final agreement. Pending further approvals, including from the Health Care Authority of the City of Anniston Board of Directors and the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees, along with a standard regulatory review, the organizations expect to finalize an agreement later this summer.

“From growing service lines to specialty physician recruitment efforts, this affiliation will strengthen our ability to provide excellent clinical care close to home,” said Bass. “We look forward to further collaboration with the City Council as we continue to move through this process. We are grateful for their support as we work together to serve our community.”

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