Potential Healthcare Partnership

by Jul 8, 2020Across the Cape Fear, Nonprofits, North Brunswick

In considering the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, an advisory group has recommended Novant Health as the best potential partner.

Last year the New Hanover County Commissioners and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) created a 21-member Partnership Advisory Board (PAG) and charged it with determining the future of the medical center. The advisory board consists of hospital board of trustee members, physicians, and members of the New Hanover County community.

After nine months of research and work, the PAG has made its recommendation. On July 2 Novant Health was selected as the recommended partner for New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that deliver healthcare to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,600 physicians and more than 29,000 employees that provide care at nearly 700 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics.

“We are honored to be selected by the Partnership Advisory Group as the recommended partner for New Hanover Regional Medical Center,” said Carl S. Armato, president, and CEO of Novant Health. “Novant Health recognizes the tremendous effort and dedication by the group in determining what is best for the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the community it serves.”

Armato went on to say that Novant Health and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have aligned values and not-for-profit charitable missions. “Both organizations are committed to partnering with physicians and caring for team members as well as having a shared history of delivering a superior, patient-centered experience, improving community health, and promoting equitable access to care,” he said.”


In its proposal for NHRMC, Novant Health is committed to providing the community with more:

– Access to affordable healthcare and generous financial assistance programs for families in need.
– Clinics, hospitals, and advanced equipment to meet the region’s needs.
– Support for the behavioral health crisis, including opioid management, substance abuse treatment, and whole-family resources.
– Jobs that will boost the local economy and support for maintaining current leadership and team members.
– Innovative treatments and technology advancements to deliver specialized care faster and locally.
– Support for the medical group and independent physicians, who already deliver high-quality care to the region.

To continue the academic success of NHRMC, Novant Health entered into a long-term agreement and partnership with UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine, which will provide continuity and expansion to medical education at NHRMC. The partnership will enhance and expand the Wilmington branch campus of the UNC School of Medicine; extend and establish the clinical research of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to Wilmington, and enhance local pediatric care.

The NHRMC board is expected to vote on the recommendation and, if approved, the New Hanover County commissioners will vote on the matter on July 13.

For more information on Novant Health’s potential partnership with NHRMC, visit NovantHealth.org/bettertogether.