Save Our Hospital survey shows 70% of people against selling NHRMC

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — While the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center is still up in the air, one group is pushing to keep the hospital from being sold or entering into a partnership.

That group, Save Our Hospital, just released the results of a new survey, asking people what they think about the future of the hospital.

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“The results were fairly dramatic,” Save Our Hospital President Gene Merritt said. “70% of those polled were against the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and 76% want it to remain as it is now.”

Save Our Hospital hired Public Policy Polling from Raleigh to conduct the poll.

“We feel that the whole process has been on the fast track since day one and nothing has changed,” Merritt said. “The schedule has not changed, and the fact that we’ve had a major pandemic has not, in any way, slowed them down from this rush to judgement that they have to sell the hospital.”

The survey polled 667 voters in New Hanover County. The survey shows 73% of people think the cost of medical care will go up if the hospital is sold

According to the survey, 56% of people think there will be local job loss if the hospital is sold. Merritt says it went on to show 48% of people think the quality of medical care will go down under a larger hospital system.

“I think people are just concerned about their health and the cost of their health,” Merritt said. “They’re also worried about the unknown of selling the hospital to someone.”

There has been no decision on a potential partnership or sale of the hospital.

Merritt says he wants to see the hospital maintain its current status, but says he’s open to a restructuring.

New Hanover County is holding a public hearing Monday to discuss the six proposals it has received.