North Carolina Health News and The Charlotte Ledger have partnered to create an innovative partnership to hire a reporter focused on health care and the companies and institutions that deliver it in the Charlotte region.

The two N.C.-based news organizations said that by teaming up, they will shine a light on a large and changing sector of Charlotte’s economy – and one that employs more than 100,000 workers and delivers medical care to thousands of patients a day. Readers of both publications had pointed out an emerging need for stepped-up independent coverage of decisions regularly made in Charlotte that affect health care for hundreds of thousands of patients, at a time when many legacy media organizations have scaled back.

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