Carolinas HealthCare System on Sunday night issued a statement responding to the Observer's series on hospitals. Following is the full statement:
"Carolinas HealthCare System is reading with interest the Charlotte Observer's series examining a wide range of operations at healthcare facilities in our region.
"We are, however, disappointed with the lack of understanding of the complexities of the healthcare industry. The rising cost of healthcare is an important subject that impacts virtually every segment of our communities, and we are committed to working with clinicians, payers, patients and others to find and implement solutions to this issue and the many challenges facing today's healthcare environment.
"We hope that the full content of this series more fairly represents the dedication and commitment of our caregivers to treating all patients while navigating the complexities of the healthcare industry. Our goal is and always will be to increase access to the highest quality healthcare for every community we serve and improve on its delivery for all."