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We give our sincere
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.
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.
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.
We are dedicated to ensuring that
everyone in the communities we serve can easily access innovative treatments and technology
We understand the obstacles facing the
communities we serve and are proud to offer generous financial assistance programs for
families in need.
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.
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.
Novant Health invested nearly $1 billion in community benefit in 2019, including generous financial assistance programs to improve access to care for all.
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.
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.
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.
Safety and quality are the foundation of our mission to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Novant Health led efforts to mask our communities, distributing nearly 400,000 masks to our most at-risk and vulnerable community members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your voice is an important part of this
discussion. Here are 10 ideas on how you can help show your support for the partnership.
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Social media presents a unique opportunity to
share your experience and perspective. These tips can help you engage in the conversation.
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.
Novant Health is committed to preserving NHRMC’s separate corporate existence and providing the local
community with significant influence through a true fiduciary board of trustees. We are prepared to:
Additionally, Novant Health envisions NHRMC as the flagship facility and leader of a regionally-focused,
integrated delivery network in southeastern North Carolina. This locally governed delivery network will be
led by NHRMC and include the assets and operations of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and Pender
Yes. Novant Health provided financial projections to the PAG and to NHRMC. The projections have been reviewed
by the NHRMC management and by Ponder & Co, the PAG’s financial advisor. They both agree the projections are
reasonable and indicate Novant Health can afford the deal. Novant Health is in the process of summarizing
these very detailed projections.
Yes. Novant Health is committed to the physician-administrative partnership. It is a cornerstone of our
organization. Novant Health recognizes and respects that NHRMC maintains many valued, collaborative
relationships with independent physicians and medical groups in the region. We support these existing
relationships, are firmly committed to maintaining them going forward, and envision an expanded, regional
delivery network open and available to community-based physicians.
The Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital has set a lasting foundation for a commitment to
pediatrics. Novant Heath is committed to continuing and expanding pediatric care in the market. In addition,
we will leverage the UNC Health expertise in pediatrics to help recruit on-site faculty to provide clinical
pediatric specialties such as cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics, hematology/oncology,
neurology, pulmonology, allergy/immunology, developmental & behavioral, and mental health.
Novant Health is committed to expanding affordable, convenient care in the area, including opportunities to
deliver affordably priced under-65 individual and family plan offerings to complement our ongoing Medicare
Advantage efforts, as well as current NHRMC network platforms for value-based care.
Novant Health is focused on achieving health equity by identifying and addressing health disparities across
the continuum of care, from inpatient to outpatient. Our commitment to health equity, which has received
regional and national recognition, is fueled by our mission and core values, one of which is diversity and
inclusion. We have demonstrated this commitment to health equity in many ways:
The proposed partnership will not negatively affect NHRMC employment levels. Job growth will be a priority
and we commit to significantly increasing the number of Novant Health jobs located in New Hanover County. It
is our expectation and strong preference that the NHRMC senior leadership team remain in place and continue
to function in their current capacities, albeit with increased responsibility and oversight for an
expanded regional network, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.