WakeMed's top executive is warning leaders at the UNC Health Care System not to let public opinions sway their decision as they weigh his $750 million buyout offer for Rex Healthcare.
A UNC Health committee this week began a review of WakeMed's takeover bid for Rex by setting up a website to collect public comments on the proposed deal, which would combine Wake County's largest hospitals.
"This is a decision that has to get a hard look whether people like it not," WakeMed CEO Bill Atkinson said in a phone interview.
"It's not difficult to find a lot of people to come down on any side of an issue," he added. "You don't want to dismiss those opinions, but you don't want to forget that this is a serious business transaction and not just an emotional issue."
Meanwhile, WakeMed also is urging doctors, patients and others to let UNC Health know that they support its offer to buy Rex, which was announced in early May. In e-mails and an online memo, WakeMed is asking people to share comments at the feedback website set up by UNC Health.