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Letter to Community from Members of the NHRMC Medical Staff

Open Letter to Community from Members of the NHRMC Medical Staff and the PMH Medical Staff

As members of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) Medical Staff and the Pender Memorial Hospital (PMH) Medical Staff, we support a recommendation from the Partnership Advisory Group to pursue a partnership between NHRMC and Novant Health and the enhanced relationship the agreement would bring with UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine.

We believe this represents a unique opportunity to make the exceptional care offered at NHRMC, PMH, and in our community even better.

Every day, we experience the challenges that come from trying to improve the health of our rapidly growing population. While we have the skill and desire to do what is best for all those who live in southeastern North Carolina, the needs outpace our resources.

A partnership could provide those resources. With access to real-time data systems and an infrastructure that allows our medical community to grow with our region, we can serve more people with better coordinated care. We can identify disparities in health and outcomes and work to eliminate them. We can invest in the tools and technology that provide both more sophisticated and more cost-effective care. We can attract top clinical talent to train here and serve generations to come.

Through their proposals and presentations, we believe Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine offer an excellent opportunity for us to advance care in our region and serve all those who rely on us for their health and well-being.

This partnership could be transformative for our region and is worth further consideration.

Letter signed by the following:

Reasons for signing

Total Signatures: 137

Aaron Kline

Jul 19, 2020 at 04:11 pm

Kevin Panebianco

Jul 17, 2020 at 08:17 pm

John Bode, PA-C

Jul 17, 2020 at 11:11 am

I support the notion of Novant health partnering with New Hanover regional medical center!!

Borden Hooks

Jul 17, 2020 at 10:55 am

Constance Foreman

Jul 15, 2020 at 10:23 am

Jennifer Neilsen

Jul 14, 2020 at 11:23 am

I am signing this letter because I like maintaining our educational relationship with UNC. I think having their medical students rotate here enhances the residency. I also enjoy the didactic lectures we periodically get from them.

Pamela Kasten MSN, NNP

Jul 13, 2020 at 04:21 pm

I support the proposed partnership with Novant Health & UNC School of Medicine as I believe it will enhance healthcare opportunities and education across our region.

Nina Yokochi-Funkhouser, DO

Jul 13, 2020 at 03:57 pm

Looking forward to expanding access to healthcare in our region and continuing the partnership with the UNC school of medicine to better meet the needs of our community.

Sasidharan Taravath

Jul 13, 2020 at 01:21 pm

Todd Beste

Jul 13, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Steve Parsons

Jul 13, 2020 at 12:07 pm

I support any alliance with the UNC Health System and School of Medicine. These strategic partnerships are essential for the advancement of healthcare excellence and equality for all North Carolinians.

Adam Braithwaite

Jul 13, 2020 at 11:45 am

Ashwin Patel

Jul 13, 2020 at 11:44 am

John Remington

Jul 13, 2020 at 10:18 am

James Loehr

Jul 13, 2020 at 10:02 am

Ashley Batten

Jul 13, 2020 at 09:57 am

Steven Welch

Jul 13, 2020 at 07:29 am

Linda Calhoun

Jul 12, 2020 at 03:01 pm

I support a partnership for NHRMC with an organization that can help us grow to meet the demands of a rapidly growing regional population, that can help us invest in the technology and real estate that will allow us to offer the best care, and that can give us access to the informatics/data systems that will help us survive and thrive in the future.

Kendall Yokubaitis

Jul 12, 2020 at 11:10 am

James Keller

Jul 12, 2020 at 06:52 am

Tiffany Sills MD, PhD

Jul 11, 2020 at 09:14 am

Raymond Groller

Jul 11, 2020 at 07:46 am

Kyle Doré

Jul 11, 2020 at 06:47 am

John Tseng

Jul 11, 2020 at 06:21 am

Sandra Hall

Jul 11, 2020 at 05:36 am

Steven Crawford

Jul 10, 2020 at 08:40 pm

Janice Dickerson

Jul 10, 2020 at 08:27 pm

John Crudup

Jul 10, 2020 at 08:14 pm

Menaka Nadar

Jul 10, 2020 at 08:13 pm

Judge Point

Jul 10, 2020 at 06:43 pm

I support recommendations of PAG.
Judge Point MD

Ha Evans

Jul 10, 2020 at 06:33 pm

If the fate of the county hospital is to be sold, I support the partnership with Novant

Thomas Dziedzic

Jul 10, 2020 at 05:24 pm

Melinda DuBose

Jul 10, 2020 at 05:12 pm

Elijah Gregory

Jul 10, 2020 at 05:09 pm

Kathy Black

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:56 pm

bryan broadbent

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:54 pm

I will trust your judgement on issue Jeff. you have my support.

Chris Sepich

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:47 pm

I have full trust in our physician leadership and PAG to recommend what is best for Greater New Hanover County region.

Justin Miller, MD, FACP

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:46 pm

James Adgent,

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:45 pm

Margaret Pierson

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:40 pm

Michael Fisher

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:37 pm

Kimberly Brunsink

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:33 pm

Neal Beard

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:29 pm

Matthew Messier

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:18 pm

Noah Pierson

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:06 pm

Thomas Lee

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:05 pm

James McKinney

Jul 10, 2020 at 03:40 pm

I am looking forward to the opportunities that this partnership will provide for continued growth and expansion of clinical services at NHRMC.

Rob Harper

Jul 10, 2020 at 03:35 pm

Andrew Bishop

Jul 10, 2020 at 03:26 pm

Partnering with UNC and Novant will provide us access to resources we need to grow with the local population and changing economic environment. The economic restrictions of the status quo have hindered this growth to a degree that is approaching untenable on many fronts.

Will Corbett

Jul 10, 2020 at 01:15 pm

Roc McCarthy

Jul 10, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Jeanette Carlin

Jul 10, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Peter Manolukas

Jul 10, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Michael Jaskolka

Jul 10, 2020 at 11:47 am

Charles Allen

Jul 10, 2020 at 11:35 am

Davis Allen, MD

Elaine Wiliams

Jul 10, 2020 at 11:33 am

Andres Afanador

Jul 10, 2020 at 11:12 am

I trust the recommendations of my colleagues on the PAG and realize that partnering with UNC and Novant will give us the resources we need to grow with the local population.

charles herring

Jul 10, 2020 at 11:05 am

Dean Karras

Jul 10, 2020 at 11:02 am

Minela Fernandez

Jul 10, 2020 at 11:00 am

Patrick Craig

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:51 am

I am in support of the PAG's recommendation of Novant + UNC future partnership. I am particularly interested in tackling health disparities.

Jeffrey 'Todd' Kornegay MD

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:42 am

Latessa Spiers

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:40 am

Dawn Thornton

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:35 am

William McLeod

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:35 am

Andrew Kellermann

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:31 am

Stefani Connel

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:28 am

Michael Allred

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:23 am

Jessica Provo, MD

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:04 am

Greg Player

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:01 am

Frederick Meine

Jul 10, 2020 at 10:00 am

Stephanie Holt

Jul 10, 2020 at 09:50 am

Andrew Hall

Jul 10, 2020 at 09:43 am

Babatunde Olatidoye

Jul 10, 2020 at 08:40 am

In support of NHRMC partnership with NOVANT/UNC.

Scott Elton

Jul 10, 2020 at 08:37 am

As a UNC Pediatric Neurosurgeon, I have enjoyed a professional relationship with the hospital and community, and particularly the families, who have been able to benefit not only from expertise in my specialty, but for the others who routinely travel there to provide care. The opportunities to grow both the clinical and academic programs, from what already exists, without creating new programs from scratch, can not be understated, and the loss of a relationship with UNC would present a challenge in that regard. The ability to partner with Novant and their expertise in health systems, growing the hospitals' presence in Southeastern North Carolina, with the large area it serves, represents a strong opportunity to continue being the beacon of care for patients and their families.

sean hommel

Jul 10, 2020 at 08:32 am

Randall Willard

Jul 10, 2020 at 08:18 am

Christopher McKinney

Jul 10, 2020 at 08:17 am

After complete review of the situation and consideration of alternatives, it became apparent that the only option acceptable to stakeholders was a sale of NHRMC. In light of the substantial risk of going forward as a county-owned hospital, impracticality of a true joint venture and the potential advantages of a sale, including the partnership with UNC for continued educational support, I support the decision to proceed with Novant.

Mesha Chadwick MD

Jul 10, 2020 at 07:12 am

I support the Partnership Advisory Group, Physician Advisory Committee, and NHRMC Board of Trustees recommendations to partner with Novant. On July 13, 2020 our elected county commissioners should unanimously vote yes to proceed with the partnership, as this is best for our health care system which ultimately impacts our patients and our community. Know that practicing physicians both in the community and in the hospital support this recommendation.

Jenna Black

Jul 10, 2020 at 07:05 am

Francis O'Donnell

Jul 10, 2020 at 06:30 am

Christian Daniel

Jul 10, 2020 at 04:36 am

GiGi MacDonald

Jul 9, 2020 at 11:06 pm

Midesha Pillay-Stewart

Jul 9, 2020 at 10:55 pm

I support the recommendation of the PAG who are trusted Physicians in our community. I’m particularly excited about an expanded relationship with UNC Health and SOM. We have so much to offer Medical Students and Residents and it will be a great investment in the future of our little piece of Heaven. Furthermore this will also be a significant investment in the broader community by injecting money to help equalize health disparities and focus on social determinants of health.

Jean Nelson

Jul 9, 2020 at 08:22 pm

Marianne Muhlebach

Jul 9, 2020 at 07:57 pm

Supported by AHEC I have been providing services as a Pediatric Pulmonology consultant to children in this region for ~ 20 years. I have seen the demand grow over those years and providing care for families close to their home is important given constraints of travel. Yet, some of the diseases are complicated enough to benefit from a link to a tertiary care center at UNC.

Lisa Long

Jul 9, 2020 at 06:53 pm

William Smith

Jul 9, 2020 at 05:29 pm

I am in support of a partnership for NHRMC with a larger organization which can bring investment to the community and institution. In my opinion, a partnership will enable NHRMC to expand its facilities to meet the needs of our ever-growing population and improve access, continue to provide the latest technological advances to deliver state-of-the-art care, and maintain the high quality care that the community has grown to expect. I am confident that my outstanding physician colleagues and the hospital’s talented staff will maintain our excellent culture and preserve our collegial relationships which make working here great, regardless of whom the hospital is owned by.

Carli Williams

Jul 9, 2020 at 04:27 pm

Dan Dawson

Jul 9, 2020 at 04:18 pm

William Hope

Jul 9, 2020 at 04:13 pm

Laura Parente

Jul 9, 2020 at 03:20 pm

Hayden Kirby MD

Jul 9, 2020 at 02:31 pm

Jacqueline Njapa

Jul 9, 2020 at 01:48 pm

Heather Davis

Jul 9, 2020 at 01:43 pm

As a member of the Pender Memorial Hospital medical staff, I have seen all that NHRMC has done to strengthen the hospital and support healthcare in this community. This partnership is an incredible opportunity to bring even more resources and support our mission throughout the entire region.

Victoria Oxendine

Jul 9, 2020 at 01:33 pm

Amber Banta

Jul 9, 2020 at 01:33 pm

Thomas Paulson

Jul 9, 2020 at 01:19 pm

As a parent and member of this community I'd rather think that we could continue to do it alone given how well NHRMC has been able to function and grow over these past 40+ years. However, preferences aside, it is clear the headwinds NHRMC faces will not relent and with this fact the need to find a partner. It is unreasonable to think that there could be any better partnership arrangement than what we have been offered by Novant and UNC. I am excited to see how this will augment our future growth and ability to care for the communities that we serve.

Amy Messier

Jul 9, 2020 at 01:17 pm

Dewey Bridger, MD

Jul 9, 2020 at 01:16 pm

Lenny Luscher

Jul 9, 2020 at 01:02 pm

Having been a resident and Physician Assistant serving the community for nearly 20 years, I have witnessed a pressing need to improve our resources with the current growth of Wilmington and surrounding communities.

Shona Martin

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:56 pm

Holly Ray, MD

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:54 pm

Joey Navejar

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:46 pm

Fazil Mohamed, II

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:39 pm

Cobern “Tex” Peterson

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Jeff Dehmer

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Deana Miller

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:13 pm

Sarah von Bibersteinn

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Howard F. Marks, Jr

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:10 pm

This partnership/sale between Novant/UNC and NHRMC will allow our hospital to grow and prosper and assure population health include drug rehabilitation, mental health, and family preventative care for the foreseeablele future.

Wellington Adams

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm

Carla Hupert

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm

Darshan Dave

Jul 9, 2020 at 12:04 pm

Jeffrey Warhaftig

Jul 9, 2020 at 11:55 am

I am very confident that this partnership will ensure that we will be able to handle all of the future needs of our patients and our community.

West Paul

Jul 9, 2020 at 11:54 am

Mark Sutherland

Jul 9, 2020 at 11:53 am

The PAG has extensively evaluated the options and I support their judgement as to what is the best path forward for the future healthcare of the community and region.

Philip Brown

Jul 9, 2020 at 11:42 am

This partnership is the best thing to happen for local healthcare since 1967, and the best thing to happen for health of all Southeastern North Carolinians in history.

Charin Hanlon

Jul 9, 2020 at 11:14 am

I think this partnership is exciting for medical education in our region! We are thrilled to grow and expand our long standing relationship with UNC while harnessing the patient care skills of Novant. Adding this to the amazing staff and physicians at NHRMC will really advance health care in our region.

Sheri Carroll

Jul 9, 2020 at 11:13 am

I'm signing because I believe the partnership with UNC Health and UNC SOM will continue to advance the cutting edge quality of care we provide at NHRMC with further opportunities for collaboration in research and teaching while supporting quaternary access for our patients, particularly the strong pediatric relationship that is already present. I also believe that UNC SOM being the number one medical school for primary care allows us to strengthen our primary care support in the region.

Fernando Moya

Jul 9, 2020 at 11:05 am

There is a dire need for more resources to expand what NHRMC can do for the region and especially for children. The relationship with UNC would be strengthened and would also expand our ability to become a more advanced campus for health care associated careers and medical school affiliate. This essentially guarantees attracting many professional to the region with the corresponding impact on economic growth. UNC is the number one ranked school in the US in Primary Care. That is what the region needs as well as an expansion of Quaternary services, but in that order.

Michael Stoiko

Jul 9, 2020 at 11:03 am

This partnership offers a unique opportunity to expand and create systems providing world class care for our children and coming generations.

Matthew Kalp, MD, PhD

Jul 9, 2020 at 10:59 am

There is no better partner than Novant to continue to lead our community to outstanding health. Looking forward to our future partnership.

Doug Messina

Jul 9, 2020 at 10:57 am

Clyde Harria

Jul 9, 2020 at 10:56 am

I believe in the mission and vision of our strategic plan to address the expanding needs of our community, and we cannot meet those needs without additional capital. The opportunity to grow our medical education program into a vibrant, world-class regional health education program is priceless and will have far-reaching and lasting effects on the entire southeastern region of North Carolina.

Tim Winslow

Jul 9, 2020 at 10:52 am

Vinodh T Doss

Jul 9, 2020 at 10:47 am

This partnership will complement and build on a growing neuroscience program in Wilmington thus improving care for the entire region. I am in full support.

Mackie King

Jul 9, 2020 at 10:45 am

Gowd Nagaraj

Jul 9, 2020 at 10:40 am

Barry Amos MD

Jul 9, 2020 at 09:58 am

Jenna Falcinelli

Jul 9, 2020 at 08:35 am

Luis Arce

Jul 9, 2020 at 08:30 am

William McCrea, MD

Jul 9, 2020 at 08:26 am

I support the Partnership Advisory Group recommendation to pursue a partnership between NHRMC and Novant Health and the enhanced relationship the agreement would bring with UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine.

Paul Chipley

Jul 9, 2020 at 08:14 am

Mary Rudyk

Jul 8, 2020 at 07:00 pm

I fully support this. It is a great opportunity for ensuring the health of our patients , our families and ffuture generations to come.

Joe Pino, MD

Jul 8, 2020 at 06:46 pm

Michael Papagikos MD

Jul 8, 2020 at 06:40 pm

Rob Shakar MD

Jul 8, 2020 at 06:32 pm