County To Hold Forums On Potential New Hospital Ownership

County To Hold Forums On  Potential New Hospital Ownership

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:34

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will consider new ownership of New Hanover Regional Medical Center at their upcoming September 3rd, meeting.

Two forums will be held:
• August 19, 6-7:30 pm, Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington.
• August 20, 8:30-10:00 am, Senior Resource Center, 2222 South College Road, Wilmington.

According to a statement issued by New Hanover County late Tuesday morning July 23rd, "In a proactive step to evaluate how New Hanover Regional Medical Center can best serve area residents well into the future, New Hanover County and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) announced today that the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution to explore new ownership opportunities for NHRMC at its September 3 meeting."

According to County and NHRMC officials, if the majority of the Board of Commissioners approve a "Resolution of Intent to Sell" during the September 3rd, meeting the County and Hospital  will then explore the potential success of a larger healthcare corporation supporting NHRMC to adapt to changes in the industry while also helping to advance health and wellness for residents through increased investment in terms of services and community initiatives.

In a press release issued  July 23rd, County Manager Chris Coudriet explained "New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a true asset to our region," and, "It has grown in scope, capabilities, quality and service  and is a top employer and community partner. New Hanover County values that and recognize the importance of ensuring access to quality healthcare, at a lower cost, as well as health equity for every person well into the future."

Coudriet added, "Our County Commissioners are committed to the health and well-being of the community," and, "NHRMC and New Hanover County will work together to chart the best path forward, whether that’s with a new partner or maintaining the current county ownership."

The County founded the Medical Center in 1967 and it has operated during that time as a self-sustaining entity without utilizing county tax revenues for operations.

John Gizdic, President and CEO of NHRMC, explained, "When we look to the future, we envision being part of a thriving community that is a model for health and wellness. We want to empower our staff and providers to provide exceptional care wherever it’s needed and work with our communities to minimize and eliminate some of the biggest threats to wellness. This is our mission and the vision that motivates us to explore every possible path toward achieving it." He explained, "We’re clinically, financially and operationally strong today, but we recognize that to prepare for an uncertain future, we need to consider new ways to support investments in the people, technology and services that can make a significant difference in the health of our community."

According to the joint release from the County and NHRMC, if the majority of Commissioners vote in favor of soliciting bids from potential partners, they will work with NHRMC leaders to evaluate whether another organization could advance NHRMC priorities that include:
• Improving access to care and wellness through more consumer-centric options.
• Advancing the value of the care we provide through higher quality and lower costs, effectively managing the health of our region to not only treat the sick but keep them well.
• Achieving health equity through community partnerships and activities that remove barriers to care, enabling our residents to achieve their own optimal health.
• Supporting NHRMC staff and the culture that has made NHRMC one of the top places to work in the country.
• Partnering with providers to make southeastern North Carolina an excellent place to practice medicine so we can continue to attract talented and compassionate providers to care for our growing population.
• Driving quality care throughout the continuum and helping facilitate transitions with other providers to deliver more seamless and coordinated care models.
• Growing the level and scope of care already in place for all, regardless of ability to pay.
• Investing to ensure the long-term financial security and future of our health system.

NHRMC and New Hanover County will host forums in August to hear input from residents.

If a majority of the Commissioners vote to approve the resolution at the September 3rd, meeting a RFP (Request for Proposals) will be created based on public input and distributed to healthcare companies nationwide.

According to the release, "Once the proposals are returned for review, potential partners will be evaluated on their ability to invest in, and accelerate, the work NHRMC employees, providers, and community agencies are doing to improve care and wellness throughout the region. Additional employee, provider and community forums will be held to share information after RFPs are received, and prior to another vote of the New Hanover County Commissioners. If approved, the selection of a new owner and execution of an agreement could take more than a year. Hospital system services, providers, and employees will continue daily operations without interruption while these discussions occur, and there will be no change in how residents access care."

To learn more, visit www.NHRMCfuture.org , a website created by New Hanover County and NHRMC.

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