WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Partnership Advisory Group approved the request for proposal Thursday to be sent to more than two dozen medical institutions.
The step is a major milestone for the group tasked with exploring the hospital’s future options.
The RFP includes ten goals and objectives that tie to the mission, values and strategic plan of NHRMC as well as the mission and strategic plan of New Hanover County. Respondents will be asked to describe how their proposed partnership will impact these goals so the Partnership Advisory Group and community can weigh the benefits and risks of each option.
The document will be sent to possible hospital buyers or partners on Monday for them to respond to by March 16.
Atrium, Duke, Novant and UNC healthcare already reached out to the Partnership Advisory Group about the future of the hospital. The group plans to reach out to other medical facilities including the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and Wake Med.
There are also non-traditional institutions and companies on the list, including Haven, which is affiliated with Amazon.
PAG Chair Spence Broadhurst said the diverse list of potential respondents will result in a long list of options for the group to consider.
“I think of all the respondents we are going to get more than one suggestion, so to speak, from each. So, we’re going to end up with 30 or 40 different opportunities here to evaluate. It’s a very extensive list, and it’s a very interesting list,” he said.
Now, the PAG will move forward with investigating what it would look like for NHRMC to remain independent.
Broadhurst and representatives from consultant group Navigant said that process will also help the group when it comes time to evaluate the responses that come back from the RFP.