Public Hearing Set For NHRMC Hospital Partnership Proposals

Public Hearing Set For NHRMC Hospital Partnership Proposals

Public Hearing Set For NHRMC Hospital Partnership Proposals Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 16 June 2020 18:01

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - In September 2019, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved a "Resolution of Intent to Sell New Hanover Regional Medical Center" following a three to two vote.

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 22 at 5 p.m. to discuss six proposals received to partner with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). The public hearing will be held at the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse, located at 24 North Third Street, in Room 301.

According to a statement issued by New Hanover County on July 23rd, 2019,  "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" meeting.

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."

The community can attend the hearing and share public comments related to the six proposals in person, with social distancing guidelines followed. In addition, those who prefer not to attend in person can submit a public comment by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Email comments must be submitted by 9 a.m. on June 22, 2020 in order to be made available to the Board of Commissioners prior to the meeting. The public hearing will be available to view live on the county’s Facebook page, NHCTV.com, and on NHCTV’s cable stations: Spectrum channel 13 and Charter channel 5. The meeting will also be available for replay on the county’s website under “Special Meetings” after the hearing.

Atrium Health, Duke Health, HCA Healthcare, Healthspan/Bon Secours Mercy Health, Novant Health and UNC Health responded to the Request for Proposals, which was issued January 13. The six proposals, executive summaries, and answers to follow-up questions are available at www.nhrmcfuture.org

Members of the Partnership Advisory Group, a citizen-led group that has been evaluating options for NHRMC since last October, will be in attendance and watching the hearing to help inform and guide the group’s conversations as they evaluate the proposals, along with the option to remain the same or restructure. Community members can continue to share their thoughts and opinions with the advisory group at any time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At its meeting on Monday, May 18, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved and accepted the Partnership Advisory Group’s (PAG) recommendation to focus on three potential partners for New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC): Atrium Health, Duke Health and Novant Health.

At the meeting, Commissioners heard a presentation by PAG Co-Chairs Barb Biehner and Spence Broadhurst and Vice Co-Chair Dr. Joseph Pino, MD, and reviewed the recommendation from the advisory group. The PAG voted unanimously on May 7th to focus further due diligence and site visits with Atrium, Duke and Novant, and brought that recommendation before the NHRMC Board of Trustees on May 11 and New Hanover County Board of Commissioners on May 18. Both boards have now endorsed the PAG’s recommendation.

None of the six responding organizations will be eliminated prior to further evaluation and public input, and the proposals will continue to be evaluated against the options to remain the same or restructure.

"This is something we have been discussing publicly since last July, and nearly a year later we are moving forward in a targeted way to conduct due diligence with three organizations that all have something important to offer our community – and that is stability in healthcare," said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. "That is what all of this has been about – finding a partner that can help our community and ensure that our healthcare system can remain strong, even through difficult situations like hurricanes and pandemics. We need NHRMC to grow strategically, to offer more healthcare services to our region, to be a strong, key employer for our residents, and to remain on stable footing."

Commissioners requested to receive an update at their June 15th board meeting on the progress of due diligence and letters of intent with the three organizations. In addition, Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 22nd for the public to comment on all six proposals. Details are being confirmed and will be announced to the public in the coming weeks.

PAG Meetings

The next Partnership Advisory Group meetings took place virtually on Thursday, May 21st and Thursday, June 4th at 5:30 p.m.

All six proposals, executive summaries, and answers to follow-up questions are available online at www.nhrmcfuture.org, along with presentations, minutes and audio recordings from the Advisory Group’s meetings. Community members can share their opinions with the Partnership Advisory Group at any time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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