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Partnership Advisory Group Is Formed to Explore New Models for Health System

Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:34 pm     Category: County CommissionersCounty ManagerNews Release

21-Member Committee Reflects Diverse Viewpoints, Interests


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NCNew Hanover County and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have established the Partnership Advisory Group to get more community involvement in the process of evaluating how to best secure the future of healthcare in the region.

The Partnership Advisory Group was created following the New Hanover County Commissioner’s September 16th approval of a resolution to begin a research phase to understand what options exist for NHRMC, including a potential sale, other partnerships and models, and an evaluation of options for NHRMC to remain county owned.

Membership includes nine community members appointed by County Manager Chris Coudriet and NHRMC President and CEO John Gizdic, five physicians selected by NHRMC medical staff leadership, and five members of NHRMC’s Board of Trustees selected by the trustees. Coudriet and Gizdic will serve on the committee as well.

Membership includes representatives with experience in various sectors, including nonprofit, business, faith, finance and nursing, in addition to physicians with different specialties.

“Members were selected to represent a diversity of thought and a range of backgrounds,” Gizdic said. “What they have in common is a desire to choose the best path forward.”

Gizdic said it was a priority to have equal representation on the Partnership Advisory Group between physicians and hospital trustees. “The community will benefit from their knowledge and insight,” Gizdic said.

The Partnership Advisory Group will help develop priorities for the Request for Proposal (RFP), select a minimum of five health systems that will receive the RFP, evaluate the proposals received and examine the options for maintaining county ownership. The advisory group will then provide a recommendation on next steps to the Board of Commissioners and NHRMC Board of Trustees. A recommendation could include negotiating with one or more systems regarding proposals or pursuing other ways to support NHRMC as a county-owned hospital.

“This process, which will likely take a year or more, will include thorough research and open, public discussions,” Coudriet said. “We appreciate the advisory group’s commitment to help with this important effort and their significant time commitment on behalf of the citizens and their elected representatives.”

Advisory members will be in attendance at New Hanover County’s public hearings, which will be held throughout the process, including a hearing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15 in the auditorium at Snipes Academy of Arts & Design, 2150 Chestnut St., Wilmington. The group will also be briefing County Commissioners and NHRMC Trustees to keep them informed throughout the process.

Below is a list of the advisory group members. For biographies and more information on each member, visit NHRMCFuture.org.

Community Members
Virginia Adams, PhD, RN
Spence Broadhurst
Evelyn Bryant
Bill Cameron
Robert Campbell
Cedric Dickerson
Jack Fuller
Hannah Gage
Meade Van Pelt

Sandra Hall, MD
Chuck Kays, MD
Michael Papagikos, MD
Joseph Pino, MD
Mary Rudyk, MD

Barb Biehner
Brian Eckel
Tony McGhee
Jason Thompson
David Williams

Hospital & County Leadership
John Gizdic
Chris Coudriet


About New Hanover County:
New Hanover County makes its 232,000+ citizens a priority by strategically focusing on intelligent growth and economic development, superior education and workforce, and superior public health and safety. The county is committed to serving the community, is a leader in innovation and a model of good governance. Learn more about the work of New Hanover County at NHCgov.com.

About New Hanover Regional Medical Center:
New Hanover Regional Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals, outpatient centers and physician practices serve as the primary healthcare provider for Southeastern North Carolina. The healthcare system provides quality care in multiple specialties including cardiac, oncology, neurology, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, orthopedics, trauma, behavioral health and others. The NHRMC Physician Group encompasses more than 280 providers serving in 20 specialties. NHRMC is dedicated to providing patients with high quality care and an excellent experience. Our mission, Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health, reflects our belief that our commitment to you extends beyond the doors of our facilities as we work with you to build a healthier community. Visit www.nhrmc.org for more information.

Media Contacts:

New Hanover County:
Jessica Loeper, Chief Communications Officer
(910) 798-7461

New Hanover Regional Medical Center:
Julian March, Media Relations Coordinator
(910) 667-3849

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