NHRMC Board of Trustees supports county’s exploration into selling hospital

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution supporting New Hanover County’s efforts to explore new ownership of the hospital.

The resolution was approved at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

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The resolution encourages county commissioners to consider the quality and scope of care, committing to charity care and insuring the long-term financial security of the health care system when making their decision.

The board also recommends that county commissioners take into account the views of community stakeholders and hospital staff.

Board of Trustees Chairman Bobby Greer says it should be their responsibility to at least look into the possibilities of new ownership or a partnership.

“Health care is changing very rapidly all the time and it’s our fiduciary responsibility to try to keep up and protect the the interest of the hospital for the citizens of New Hanover County,” Greer said. “In order to do that, we need to ask questions, find out the answers and try to keep abreast of what’s going on.”

New Hanover County Commissioner Julia Boseman says this resolution is not an endorsement to sell the hospital.

“It’s a vote to get all of the facts from the experts in the field,” Boseman said. “As you see, the Board of Trustees tonight believe it’s in the best interest of this organization to look at the future of it. Whether that’s a sale, a partnership or just keeping things exactly like they are, we’re not going to know until we get the facts.”

Boseman says the hospital had to dip into its reserves for around $30 million this year. She also says the hospital serves seven counties as it is.

County commissioners will meet September 3 to vote on whether to move forward in exploring selling NHRMC.

The board emphasized that this is not a decision to sell the hospital.