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Atrium Health Floyd and Harbin Clinic Announce Combination


Long-standing Institutions Will Provide Integrated Health Care Services in Region​

ROME, Ga. – April 15, 2024 – Atrium Health Floyd and Harbin Clinic, the region’s two longest-serving health care providers, finalized a long-anticipated strategic combination today, creating an integrated health care system​.​​

Harbin Clinic is Georgia’s largest, privately-owned, multi-specialty physician group. Atrium Health Floyd is one of the largest providers of health care services in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. The two organizations will share governance and decision-making under the guidance of a board consisting of Harbin Clinic physicians and legacy board members of Floyd Healthcare Management Inc. 

“Harbin Clinic has served northwest Georgia for more than 150 years, and Atrium Health Floyd has served the region for more than 80 years,” said Kurt Stuenkel, president of Atrium Health Floyd. “Over those decades, we have worked with one another to continuously improve care in our region. Together, our legacy organizations have likely touched every family in Rome and Floyd County, and many more in the surrounding communities where we serve.” 

"We are incredibly excited to see what the future holds as we celebrate this combination, which marks a new chapter for Harbin Clinic and what’s possible for health care in our region,” said Kenna Stock, chief executive officer at Harbin Clinic. “Harbin Clinic has always been physician-led, and that will not change. Just as they always have, Harbin Clinic physicians will continue to have a voice in local healthcare decisions impacting the patients we serve. Alongside Atrium Health Floyd, Harbin Clinic will uphold our commitment to caring completely for our communities while ultimately enriching and extending the reputation of excellence we have worked to build for more than 150 years.”    

“As Harbin Clinic joins Advocate Health, one of the country’s largest non-profit health systems, we remain deeply committed to preserving its unique community connection that both Harbin Clinic and Atrium Health Floyd are known for,” said Eugene A. Woods, chief executive officer of Advocate Health, of which Atrium Health is a part. “Being part of Advocate Health will pave the way to push the boundaries of clinical excellence and foster new innovations, building on the esteemed legacy of both Harbin Clinic and Atrium Health Floyd to usher in a new era in healthcare in Floyd County and the greater region.” 

Atrium Health is a part of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Advocate Health system, which has 68 hospitals and more than 155,000 teammates covering six states in the Midwest and Southeast. 

About Atrium Health 

Atrium Health is a nationally recognized leader in shaping health outcomes through innovative research, education and compassionate patient care. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health is part of Advocate Health, the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, which was created from the combination with Advocate Aurora Health. A recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research, Wake Forest University School of Medicine is its academic core. Atrium Health is renowned for its top-ranked pediatric, cancer and heart care, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Atrium Health is also a leading-edge innovator in virtual care and mobile medicine, providing care close to home and in the home. Ranked nationally among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in eight pediatric specialties and for rehabilitation, Atrium Health has also received the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize and its 2021 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award, as well as the 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Equity Award for its efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care. With a commitment to every community it serves, Atrium Health seeks to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all, providing $2.8 billion last year in free and uncompensated care and other community benefits.   

​About Harbin Clinic 

Harbin Clinic is Georgia’s largest physician-led, multi-specialty clinic with more than 250 providers caring for patients across more than 40 specialties and services in 19 locations. For more than 150 years, Harbin Clinic caregivers have dedicated their lives to healing others starting with the first Harbin-founded practice established in 1871.  Each year, individuals throughout northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama choose Harbin Clinic based on the organization’s long-standing reputation of medical excellence and compassionate, patient-centered care. For more information, visit ​​

About Advocate Health ​ 

Advocate Health is the third-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care​ in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs nearly 155,000 team members across 68 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations and offers one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $6 billion in annual community benefits.