• 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

    Shannon Vonderheide

    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

    Ted Shipley

    Michele Holbrook, Global Supply Project Manager at Corning Incorporated

    Stephanie Lanier

    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

    Mary Boehner

    Brenda Reeves

    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

    Cristin Gizdic

    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

    Dan Saklad

    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

    Louise McColl, President/Owner of McColl & Associates

    JC Lyle

    Jerome Lee, JL's Husband and Wife Cleaning Service

    David Long, Director of Spiritual Care at New Hanover Regional Medical Center

    Zane Bennett, Executive Director of Plantation Village