WINSTON-SALEM & CHAPEL HILL, N.C. ― Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine have signed a letter of intent to enhance medical education and clinical services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (“NHRMC”), in the event the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners ultimately chooses to affiliate or form a joint venture with, or sell to Novant Health.
“I am pleased to ensure that the medical education that exists at NHRMC with the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health can continue if Novant Health is selected to partner with NHRMC,” said Carl S. Armato, president and CEO for Novant Health. “Maintaining and expanding medical education at NHRMC will allow Novant Health to best serve the Wilmington community while continuing to build the pipeline of physician talent for North Carolina,” Armato added.
“We are pleased to form a partnership with Novant Health that would enhance our educational presence and allow us to train the next generation of physicians and promote economic development for the entire Wilmington region,” said Wesley Burks, M.D. , CEO of UNC Health and Dean of UNC School of Medicine. “Together, we will combine the best of teaching, research and clinical care to optimally serve the residents of southeastern North Carolina for decades to come.”
Per the letter of intent, the organizations are committed to expanding the medical education program at NHRMC, including enhancing the long-standing pediatric program and other service lines as appropriate. More details will be announced as the partnership is finalized.