By Associated Press - Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina-based health care system has announced it is changing its name.

Local media outlets report Carolinas HealthCare System said Wednesday that it’s changing its name to Atrium Health, a move which comes as it seeks to combine with UNC Health Care in a plan announced last summer.

Its latest annual report says Carolinas HealthCare System owns, manages or has affiliations with 47 hospitals from western North Carolina to Charleston, South Carolina, as well as a hospital in Elbert, Georgia.

Charlotte’s largest employer said it introduced the Atrium Health name to more than 65,000 employees on Wednesday. Changes to the signs at hospital and care locations will begin at the end of this year and into early next year. In the meantime, temporary signs will appear.

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