WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) -The group tasked with exploring the possibilities for the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center held its first meeting Tuesday night.
The Partnership Advisory Group, also referred to as PAG, was presented with a charter and an overview of what’s expected over the next several months. The group that includes five hospital trustees, five physicians and nine members of the community has a deadline of December 31 to send out a Request for Proposal to a minimum of five healthcare systems. Once the RFP’s go out, interested parties have 60 days to respond.
“The minimum five is a legislative number. I think from my perspective, the more the better and it will be a public document, the RFP, so it will be out there for anyone--any entity that has interest in submitting can submit to it," said Spence Broadhurst. "So we have to send it to at least five, but this is a gem of an asset so I’m going to assume there’s going to be a lot of people interested in this.”
Broadhurst, former mayor of Wilmington, was elected co-chair of the group Tuesday night. Barb Biehner, who serves on NHRMC’s board of trustees was voted in as the other co-chair. Wilmington businessman Bill Cameron and Dr. Joseph Pino, a Wilmington physician were elected to serve as co- vice chairs.
The group’s next meeting is set for Wednesday, November 13 at the New Hanover County Government Center at 230 Government Center Drive, Suite. The public is invited to attend.