CHAPEL HILL, N.C.  – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and Duke University Health System (DUHS) announced today that they have reached a multi-year agreement for DUHS to continue participating in BCBSNC’s networks.  

The agreement means that millions of North Carolinians with BCBSNC health coverage will continue to have convenient, cost-effective, in-network access to the clinical services and health care providers from one of the world’s renowned health care systems. 

Both DUHS and BCBSNC play a leading role in providing access to quality health care in this region, and the multi-year agreement represents their commitment to not only meeting local health care needs, but partnering to provide the highest quality of medical services.  Last year, DUHS provided care to more than 70,000 BCBSNC customers.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with the Duke University Health System as it is a testament to our commitment to ensuring the very best in quality care to Blue Cross members,” said BCBSNC’s President and CEO, Bob Greczyn.  “With 3.6 million customers, we take our commitment to the region seriously and understand that access to quality health care is critical to every community.”

“Duke University Hospital continues to be ranked as one of the top 10 medical centers in the United States, Duke ranks second in research funding from NIH, and our faculty physicians of the Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic are known far and wide for their clinical excellence and compassion for patients,” said Victor J. Dzau, MD, president and CEO of Duke University Health System.  “This long-term agreement protects our community’s ability to access quality, compassionate care."

DUHS clinical facilities and providers include:
Duke University Hospital
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Durham Regional Hospital
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Duke Ambulatory Clinics
Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center
Duke Home Care
Duke Home Infusion
Duke Hospice
Duke University Affiliated Physicians, Inc.
DUHS offers every level of health service, from prevention and primary care to the most sophisticated specialty and sub-specialty services. In addition to Duke University Hospital’s perennial top 10 ranking by US News & World Report, the Duke University School of Medicine is also among the top 10 medical schools in the country, and for the 2006 reporting year, the Duke University School of Medicine ranked second in research funding from the National Institutes of Health.  For the past eight years, Triangle residents have rated it the best quality hospital in the Durham-Chapel Hill area.

BCBSNC’s networks include every hospital in the Triangle and almost all in the state of North Carolina. BCBSNC, the state’s largest health insurer, serves nearly 3.6 million people and has members in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to nearly 3.6 million members, including approximately 825,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 75 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at

About Duke University Health System:
The Duke University Health System is a world-class network dedicated to employing Duke's strengths in patient care, education, and research to enhance and improve health care throughout North Carolina, the Southeast and the country. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive, compassionate care while responding to the changing health care environment, the health system provides quality health services across the entire continuum of care, from wellness to hospice.
DUHS comprises three hospitals -- the flagship Duke University Hospital on our Duke University Medical Center campus, Durham Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital. Because of Duke's leadership in biomedical research, Duke caregivers can offer patients immediate access to new therapies -- bringing the benefits of the latest research directly to the bedside. Patient care at Duke is also distinguished by a collaborative, patient-centered approach that combines the perspectives of physicians from many specialties with the broad experience of specialized nurses, physician associates, therapists, technologists, and many other health professionals.