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Novant Health approved as partner for New Hanover Regional Medical Center

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ― In a 4-1 vote today, Novant Health was approved to partner with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. The agreement was signed by both health care systems and New Hanover County. The approved partnership will also expand NHRMC’s medical education and clinical capabilities by increasing the services and training presently offered by UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine at NHRMC.

“We are honored the county commissioners voted to approve Novant Health moving forward in this partnership with New Hanover Regional Medical Center,” said Carl S. Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health. “Novant Health greatly appreciates the Partnership Advisory Group’s tremendous effort and dedication to recommend what is best for the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the community it serves. We value the impressive legacy New Hanover Regional Medical Center has established as a premier health care provider in southeastern North Carolina, and we are confident this partnership will offer the region a world-class hospital network that will allow patients to receive higher quality care closer to home, expand the availability of care to underserved communities, help keep costs down, and deliver leading-edge care for decades to come.”

A partnership between Novant Health and NHRMC will improve the health of the community with more:

  • Access to affordable health care 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 to deliver even higher quality care to the region.

In addition, the partnership with UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine will:

  • Enhance and expand the Wilmington branch campus of the UNC School of Medicine.
  • Extend and establish the clinical research of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to Wilmington.
  • Enhance local pediatric care.

Following regulatory approval, Novant Health will finalize integration planning by working with the local board and leadership team to determine next steps.

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

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2020