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We give our sincere thanks to the New Hanover Board of County Commissioners for their vote to approve a partnership between Novant Health and New Hanover Regional Medical Center. This partnership, which includes UNC School of Medicine, means we can work together to transform the health of this community for the better.

The results are in

We conducted the most extensive survey to date about the proposed partnership between Novant Health, NHRMC and UNC School of Medicine. We’re delighted to share that two-thirds of you agree: a partnership is needed to support the rapid growth in southeastern North Carolina.

Affordability and access

Novant Health is committed to offering high-quality care that is both affordable and close to home. Partnering with us means you and your family get more.

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More access

We are dedicated to ensuring that everyone in the communities we serve can easily access innovative treatments and technology advancements.

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More affordable

We understand the obstacles facing the communities we serve and are proud to offer generous financial assistance programs for families in need.

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More support

Novant Health plans to bolster the community with more jobs, more support for the opioid and behavioral health crises and more support for the providers who already deliver care to the region.

Community and health equity

Novant Health believes in the compassionate treatment of the whole person and, with that, all communities. Our partnership includes a commitment to improving health outcomes in southeastern North Carolina, with affordable access for all.

Billions donated

Novant Health invested nearly $1 billion in community benefit in 2019, including generous financial assistance programs to improve access to care for all.

Addressing needs

We work diligently to offer clinics, "food pharmacies" and services in our most underserved areas and partner with local leaders to ensure we address each community’s unique needs.

Diverse providers

Novant Health understands its providers and resources need to reflect our communities, which is why we have multilingual and multicultural team members and support, especially in at-risk areas.

Safety and quality

Partnering with us means access to the safest and most effective care for southeastern North Carolina. We are nationally recognized for our safety and quality and it shows in our communities.

Our mission

Safety and quality are the foundation of our mission to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.

National recognition

We are nationally recognized by The Leapfrog Group, a hospital grading agency, for providing the safest healthcare in the communities we serve.


We use safety protocols to ensure we deliver the safest care environment and highest quality to our patients while using innovative technologies to deliver lifesaving treatments faster.

Pandemic readiness

A partnership with Novant Health means pairing with an organization that has plans in place to effectively handle any emergency together, from natural disasters to pandemics.

Ready 24/7

We have comprehensive emergency preparedness plans for any situation and are ready to take action 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

First in assistance

We were among the first to offer an online COVID-19 digital assessment tool and 24/7 helpline, and we have opened screening and respiratory assessment centers in every community we serve.

Masking the vulnerable

Novant Health led efforts to mask our communities, distributing nearly 400,000 masks to our most at-risk and vulnerable community members.

Our remarkable team

We know that the care we offer is only as strong as our team members. We work hard to ensure unrivaled provider engagement and partnership with investment in the development and personal lives of all of our team members. This means more remarkable care for all.

At Novant Health, we are committed to supporting nurses so they can provide the best care to patients.

We are dedicated to maintaining existing relationships in Wilmington, including independent physician groups.

Academic excellence

Novant Health's collaboration with UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine will bring new expertise and opportunities to New Hanover County, including more medical talent, expanded pediatric programs and advanced research and clinical trials.

Expanded medical education

UNC School of Medicine will expand the Wilmington branch campus to 30 students, increasing the rural pipeline of new physicians to practice in eastern North Carolina.

More pediatric care

Novant Health-affiliated pediatric sites will develop a clinical partnership with UNC Children’s. We will expand outreach clinics in underserved areas and also offer access to pediatric specialists for complex care, including the use of telehealth from Chapel Hill.

Advanced research

The partnership will bring more access to clinical trials, research and population health expertise. Academic initiatives will include health equity, opioid addiction and social determinants of health.

Consumer innovation & insights

Novant Health is harnessing the power of consumer analytics and insights, new technologies and artificial intelligence to transform patient care and the healthcare experience for our communities.

We are applying research methods, tools and technology so that we can better understand your needs with the goal of putting you – the consumer – at the center of our decisions.

Novant Health is investing in technologies that allow us to transform healthcare – everything from making care more convenient to improving rapid response for life-threatening conditions.

How you can support the partnership

Express your support in the community

Your voice is an important part of this community discussion. Here are 10 ideas on how you can help show your support for the partnership.

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Connect with others on social media

Social media presents a unique opportunity to share your experience and perspective. These tips can help you engage in the conversation.

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Learn about the partnership

As a member of the community, you will see first-hand the positive impact a healthcare partnership will have. Learn more about these benefits with resources that you can share with others.

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Frequently asked questions

What is in place to ensure that NHRMC retains local control?

Can Novant Health afford this partnership?

If the proposed partnership is approved, will Novant Health work with local physicians as NHRMC does today?

How will pediatric care be addresses in this area?

What will happen to healthcare costs as a result of this partnership?

How committed is Novant Health to health equity?

How will this partnership impact jobs at New Hanover Regional Medical Center?