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Duke Medicine Becomes Duke Health

Name Change Signals Renewed Focus on Health Improvement

January 13, 2016
Duke Health

Improving health has always been the ultimate goal for Duke Medicine. With this historical and overarching aspiration in mind, we are officially changing our name from Duke Medicine to Duke Health.

Renewed focus on health

The decision to update our name stems from widespread deliberations involving many groups within Duke, and signals the health system’s renewed focus on health improvement, announced Duke University’s chancellor for health affairs, A. Eugene Washington, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System.

Duke Health signals our intention to explore more comprehensive approaches to health that extend beyond medical care and into other areas of population health improvement, Washington explained.  Duke Health also represents a more inclusive and synergistic approach to maximizing contributions to health improvement from the diverse array of disciplines and schools that comprise Duke University, as well as from our external partners.

Vital Qualities Remain Consistent

Duke Health will continue to derive its strength from the internationally renowned health care delivered by our nationally renown doctors and care teams, the breakthroughs in knowledge driven by our distinguished community of researchers, and the innovative training programs advanced by our exceptional educators around the globe. 

The leading constant in Duke Health is the value we place on the dedicated, compassionate and high-performing individuals who support and contribute our mission.  Our employees are the backbone of Duke Health.