Don't expect the Duke University Health System to jump into a bidding war for Rex Healthcare.
Victor Dzau, CEO of the Duke health system, didn't dismiss the possibility outright, but said that Duke is taking a very careful approach of using resources to expand its network of facilities and providers.
"Developing the right network is very important to us," Dzau said in a phone interview. "With health-care reform, there are many moving parts. Any opportunity has to fit into a long-term plan. ... We're not going to be distracted by this or that."
WakeMed's surprise, and hostile, offer on Thursday to buy cross-Raleigh rival Rex from the UNC Health Care System for $750 million fueled speculation that other bidders could emerge. UNC officials have said Rex isn't for sale, but that they will consider WakeMed's offer carefully.