Who could buy NHRMC? Here are the companies bidding for hospital and their plans

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center has released the six formal proposals they have received over the possible sale more than one month after those proposals were due.

Atrium Health, Duke Health, UNC Health, Novant Health, HCA Healthcare, and HealthSpan Partners have all made proposals.

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“Way too early to be talking about one over the other, or who’s better or who’s worse,” said NHRMC President and CEO John Gizdic.

The proposals include information from long-term lease agreements, to partnerships, to outright purchase of the hospital, and the packages go up into the billions of dollars.

Gizdic says the partnership advisory group is still reviewing all the proposals, and PAG co-chair Barb Biehner says the decision is about more than just money.

“That was kind of the least of the discussions. It had to do with strategy, it had to do with investment in employees in the medical staff,” she said.

Before making a recommendation to county commissioners about partnering with or selling to a particular organization, the group has to weigh a variety of factors in accordance with the hospital’s strategic plan.

“One of the major issues that we have been discussing in the partnership advisory group is local control,” said Gizdic. “And almost regardless of the type of model, even some of the fully integrated models that were proposed offered an unprecedented level of local control.”

The non-profit group Save Our Hospital is asking the county to delay the process of selling or partnering for six months because of the coronavirus.

Gizdic and the partnership advisory group disagree.

“COVID-19 really shows to me how quickly circumstances can change, and just how fragile and vulnerable our organization really is,” Gizdic said.

Gizdic says despite the pandemic, all six bidders are still interested and financially able to fulfill those proposals.

Read about each one below:

New Hanover County began exploring the idea to sell the hospital back in July.