WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover Regional Medical Center could be run by another health care system located in another part of the state.
Spokeswoman Carolyn Fisher says the hospital is negotiating with Carolinas Healthcare in Charlotte to take over day-to-day operations. Fisher says the proposal is still in the preliminary stages and is a confidential document.
Martha Harlan is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for New Hanover Regional Medical Center and says nothing is set in stone.
"If this was to be finalized it's one more opportunity to bring a stronger collaboration, higher level of care and continue to advance care for the people of the region," she said.
Carolinas HealthCare in Charlotte, N.C., says it's excited about the potential deal.
"There's so many things that can be done to improve health care, to reduce costs, to provide what people really need by joining forces," said Scott White, who is with Carolinas HealthCare. "Being able to save money on purchase of materials and equipment and things like that the larger the group the greater the buying power."
If the two were to join forces New Hanover Regional Medical Center could potentially save money and lots of it. Carolinas HealthCare currently manages more than 30 hospitals. New Hanover could grow and feed off of their resources and procedures while maintaining their current staff here locally.
"There wouldn't be any changes in our employees," said Harlan. "We would continue to be New Hanover Regional Medical Center, we could continue to maintain local authority and governance just as we do now with our Board of Trustees so our employees would actually share in the resources of a larger system."
Harlan says the Board of Trustees is still researching and discussing this deal before they recommend it.
We'll keep you updated as discussions move forward.