BURGAW, NC – The Pender Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees has endorsed a recommendation for New Hanover Regional Medical Center to form a partnership with Novant Health, an agreement that would also lead to an expanded relationship with UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine.

At their meeting on July 10, 2020, the PMH Board of Trustees voted to endorse the recommendation from the NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group, which also earned the support of the NHRMC Board of Trustees on July 7, 2020.

“Our community went through similar discussions 21 years ago when we asked how we could best provide healthcare to our residents. We wisely decided to partner with NHRMC, which has strengthened our hospital and improved the healthcare in our county,” said Sonny Davis, chair of the PMH Board of Trustees. “We trust NHRMC to make the right decisions to benefit Pender County, and we are excited about all a partnership with Novant Health and an expanded relationship with UNC could bring to our region.”

Two PMH Trustees, David Williams and Barb Biehner, served on the 21-member Partnership Advisory Group, which made a unanimous recommendation after nine months of evaluation.

“I am proud to support this partnership with Novant Health and UNC because it will transform healthcare throughout the region while ensuring we can continue to offer care that’s needed locally as our population grows,” said David Williams, who is also a Pender County Commissioner and represents PMH on the NHRMC Board of Trustees.

“As physicians, we always want the best for our patients – the best care and the best outcomes,” said Dr. Heather Davis, who serves as chief of PMH’s medical staff. “I am recommending this partnership because I want the best for Pender Memorial and all our patients.”

The Partnership Advisory Group’s recommendation, with the endorsement of the NHRMC Board of Trustees, will go to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on July 13. If the Commissioners approve the recommendation, NHRMC and New Hanover County will execute a letter of intent with Novant Health and move toward a definitive agreement, which would be made public for further review and comment before any final decision is made.

Proposals and meeting information are available online at www.nhrmcfuture.org.

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