NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – An agreement detailing Novant Health’s commitments for supporting New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) in delivering healthcare in the region is now available for public review at NHRMCfuture.org.
Novant Health, a North Carolina not-for-profit health system, has offered to purchase NHRMC from New Hanover County for $1.5 billion and invest more than $3 billion in growing NHRMC’s services in the area. Novant Health’s proposal was the unanimous choice of a citizen-led Partnership Advisory Group formed in October 2019 to evaluate whether NHRMC should partner with another organization, restructure, and/or remain county owned. The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved the recommendation and the Letter of Intent July 13, allowing due diligence to move forward and a final agreement to be negotiated.
With the finalization of the agreement, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 28 at 5 p.m. for the community to comment and share input on the following:
The September 28th Public Hearing will be held at the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse, located at 24 North Third Street, in Room 301. The community can attend and share public comments (limited to three minutes per person), with social distancing guidelines followed. In addition, those who prefer not to attend in person can submit a public comment by emailing email@example.com. Emailed comments must be submitted by 6 p.m. on September 27, 2020 in order to be made available to the Board of Commissioners prior to the public hearing.
The public hearing will be available to view live on the county’s Facebook page, NHCTV.com, and on NHCTV’s cable stations: Spectrum channel 13 and Charter channel 5. The meeting will also be available for replay on the county’s website under “Special Meetings” after the hearing.
“There is so much good this agreement can do for NHRMC and all those served by it,” said Barb Biehner, co-chair of the Partnership Advisory Group. “The combination of what Novant Health is offering to do for our health system and what the proceeds to the county can mean for generations to come will lift countless lives. We’re looking forward to hearing the public comment as we consider what a tremendous, positive impact this could have.”
A summary of the Asset Purchase Agreement can be viewed here.
New Hanover County:
Jessica Loeper, Chief Communications Officer
New Hanover Regional Medical Center:
Julian March, Media Relations Coordinator