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FirstHealth Expanding Care for International Patients

| Date Posted: 1/31/2014

PINEHURST—FirstHealth of the Carolinas is proud to announce its partnership with Nueterra Global Alliance (NGA).  Established as Nueterra’s international arm, NGA works with international and domestic partner hospitals, such as FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, to generate both inbound and outbound medical exchange opportunities.

“The leaders of FirstHealth are incredibly excited to serve a broader patient base and are proud to be partnering with Nueterra Global Alliance,” said John F. Krahnert, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and chief medical officer with FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “It has always been our mission to care for people and provide quality health care services to our patients. It is exciting to reach beyond our borders and offer access to our board certified physicians and outstanding facilities to the international community.”

“FirstHealth of the Carolinas is an incredible network of best-in-class facilities, with numerous specialty care options at its disposal, including a state-of-the-art heart center that’s staffed with board certified cardiothoracic surgeons, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons and award-winning bariatric surgeons,” said David Miller, president of Nueterra Global Alliance. “Our partnership with FirstHealth opens the door to an incredible health care destination for the patients we’ll be bringing in from around the world.”

By partnering with NGA, FirstHealth will be included in international marketing efforts and can extend its medical specialties, including heart, valve, orthopaedic and weight-loss surgeries, to a broader patient base. In addition, FirstHealth has developed new pricing options that will allow NGA to provide its patient population with greater cost transparency and budget management.

“Price transparency is a huge part of what we’re doing, because it’s showing our patient base that medical exchange really is accessible and affordable,” Miller said.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas began accepting NGA-referred patients in January 2014. To learn more, visit

About Nueterra
At Nueterra, we’re taking health care forward. We’re unlocking opportunities for providers through clinical integration solutions. We’re opening doors for consumers by expanding their access.  Through a growing list of innovative programs and services, we’re putting the power of our global network of facilities and our advanced technologies to work – connecting patients, physicians, educators and investors. Our solutions expand market reach, increase market share and deliver a higher quality of care while reducing expenditures. As health care continues to evolve, so will we – seeking out and maximizing emerging opportunities. To continue moving forward, we’ve aligned ourselves with a diverse team of partners. By combining our strategic interests, capabilities and experiences, we’re transforming health care and creating a new level of clinical integration. We’re connecting providers. We’re coordinating services. We’re creating an exceptional patient experience.

About FirstHealth of the Carolinas
FirstHealth of the Carolinas is a private, non-governmental, not-for-profit health care network located in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The system primarily serves 15 counties in the mid-Carolinas and is licensed for four hospitals with a total of 582 beds, plus the Reid Heart Center, a rehabilitation center, sleep disorders centers, dental clinics, family care centers, health and fitness centers, charitable foundations, a Hospice program, home health services, convenient care services and an insurance plan. Critical care transport, EMS and medical transport services are also offered.

All major medical and surgical specialties and numerous subspecialties, including open-heart and valve surgery, bariatric weight-loss surgery, neurosurgery and neonatology, are provided. To learn more about FirstHealth, please visit


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