Eastpointe and Sandhills Center Reach Agreement to Consolidate

Eastpointe and Sandhills Center Reach Agreement to Consolidate

BEULAVILLE – Eastpointe and Sandhills Center have reached an agreement to consolidate and become North Carolina’s second-largest Local Management Entity–Managed Care Organization (LME-MCO) based on population.

The combined organization will manage public behavioral health benefits for over 100,000 members in 21 counties. It will have a budget of approximately $1.4 billion and employ almost 900 people.

The new organization will maintain its commitment to ensuring its members continue to receive high-quality care in their local communities. To maintain services at the highest level, Eastpointe and Sandhills Center will retain all of their employees and office locations. Eastpointe will be the surviving LME-MCO.

The consolidated organization will be headquartered in Moore County and will operate under the Sandhills Center name until a new name is selected.

“Our members consistently rank Eastpointe as a high-performing LME-MCO,” said Eastpointe Board Chair and Greene County Commissioner Jerry Jones. “Our Tailored Plan preparation has been best-in-class. This consolidation ensures our approach to service delivery reaches more members at exactly the right time as North Carolina looks to expand its Medicaid program.”

Sandhills Center Board Chair and Hoke County Commissioner, Harry Southerland, noted that the combined organization “presents a tremendous opportunity to promote superior services to our members and meet the goals of the Department of Health and Human Services and our legislature.” Eastpointe and Sandhills Centers board members include 19 county commissioners. The consolidated organization will draw about half of its board members from each LME-MCO.

Sarah Stroud, who led negotiations for Eastpointe, will lead the consolidated organization as its CEO. “We are excited to join forces with Sandhills Center. This consolidation perfectly positions us to successfully compete in North Carolina’s changing Medicaid landscape. Our combined talent and geographic reach will give us an unmatched ability to deliver quality benefits and support our provider partners while also meeting the objectives of the state’s policymakers,” she said.

Anthony Ward led negotiations for Sandhills Center as its CEO. He explained that “this consolidation offers the best opportunity to preserve local management of services for individuals in our communities. It preserves the local connections with members, families, providers, and other partners that are a hallmark of the public managed care system in North Carolina.”

The proposed consolidation is subject to approval by NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley. The consolidated organization will serve Anson, Davidson, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Lenoir, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Sampson, Scotland, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson Counties