NHRMC Partnership Proposal Support
April 24, 2020
The organizations, companies, and individuals signing this letter are focused on supporting and building a strong future for southeastern North Carolina.
In this spirit, we are lending our support to the process undertaken by New Hanover County and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) to explore partnership opportunities to help the medical center advance its mission of leading our community to outstanding health.
The process, begun several months ago to proactively evaluate how New Hanover Regional Medical Center could best adapt to changes in the healthcare industry and meet the needs of our rapidly growing region, has even greater significance and urgency today.
A strong and stable healthcare system is critical to this region’s well-being. We rely on it for medical care when needed, but also for jobs and support of our local businesses and community agencies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put all of us on less stable ground. The financial challenges that once seemed distant are now at the forefront in our community. Thousands of our neighbors are suddenly unemployed and local businesses and agencies are struggling to determine a path forward with fewer resources. Meanwhile, NHRMC is losing millions on canceled procedures and increased expenses to safely care for patients.
We are fortunate to have options to consider that could help NHRMC obtain the support it needs to add the services, staff and technology required to keep pace with our community’s growth while also providing needed funding for programs that could help our region recover and thrive.
We encourage our local leaders and members of our community to carefully consider the partnership proposals received and all they could mean for our region.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, hospitals are essential to our communities, and more vulnerable than many of us realized. Long-term strength is not guaranteed. Evaluating the proposals allows our community to take steps to ensure NHRMC and the region can recover from the impact of this pandemic and pursue a more stable, healthier future.
Each signatory below supports NHRMC’s efforts to evaluate and pursue what is best for healthcare in this region and ensure the hospital is positioned to advance care and meet the needs of the growing community.
Natalie English, President & CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Neal Andrew, President of Andrew Consulting Engineers
Lisa Leath, President of Leath HR Group
Lindsey Hess, Vice President of Cape Fear Commercial
Tee Nunnelee, President of Coastal Beverage Company, Inc.
Paul Cozza, Executive Director of NC State Ports Authority
John Elliott, Director, East Region of Duke Energy
Vanessa Van Gilder, Nurse Manager at NHRMC
Megan Mullins, VP of Marketing and Communications at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Parker Wilson, Founder of Sparked Consulting
Jill Chidester, Manager of Member Experiences at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Charlie Mattox, Market President at Truist
Shaun Olsen, President & CEO of CloudWyze, Inc.
Brooke Skipper, Owner of Salt Air Inc.
Jim Busby, Owner of Del Mar of Wilmington
Bob Warwick, Member of RFW Consulting, Inc.
John Lyon, Retired Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T
Joe Oots, Special Assets Manager at First National Bank
Amy Oots, Principal at Mary C. Williams Elementary School
Carolyn Fisher, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Nancy Kotz, Therapist at Nancy B. Kotz, MSW, LCSW, PLLC
Ruth Glaser, President at Pender Memorial Hospital
Mandy Mattox, Real Estate Agent at Landmark Sotheby's International Realty
Robin Spinks, President of Greenfield Development Company
Brian Eckel, Partner in Cape Fear Commercial
Michele Holbrook, Global Supply Project Manager at Corning Incorporated
Mitch Lamm, Senior Vice President of First Citizens Bank
William Hope, MD at NHRMC
Catrina Streba, Emergency Management Coordinator at NHRMC
Bruce Anderson, Business Manager at Culligan Water Conditioning
Vinton Fountain, Registered Principal at CAPTRUST
Brian Piccirilli, Coord. Projects & Grants, Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance
Livian Jones, Development Manager at Vannoy Construction
Brett Pinnix, Healthcare Consultant
Tracey Newkirk, Founder/Resilience Coach at UNEXO
Jason Wheeler, CEO of Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
Haven Crawford, Operations Manager at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Davis Schorr, Vice President of Development and Executive Director at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center / Foundation
Kristal McHugh, Director of Development at the NHRMC Foundation
Stephania Bloodworth, Business Operations Manager at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation
Susan Gallagher, Retired
Paul Scopac, Chief Operating Officer (Retired) with Oneida Health
Cate Reid, Donor Relations Officer at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation
Will Purvis, President of Liberty Senior Living
Bill Norris, Senior Vice President at First Citizens Bank
Jim Bryan, EVP - Chief Credit Officer at First Citizens Bank
Jack Mills, Past Present. Raw Mills Ass (Retired)
Christina Greene, Vice President Business Services at Cape Fear Community College
Gayle Van Velsor
George Elam, President of NHRMC Auxillary
Robert Johnson, Retired, Member of the Board of the NHRMC Foundation
Charin Hanlon, Program Director Internal Medicine Residency at NHRMC
Sandy Spiers, Sr. Vice-President of Truist
Ronald Jackson, Southeastern Area Manager of Holmes Security Systems, Inc.
Alisha Richardson, President of RE/MAX Essential