With the turn of several shovels May 8, the future of health care in Brunswick County took a significant step forward.
Officials broke ground on Anchor Medical Center, a 14,000-square-foot medical office building to be built on Long Beach Road in Oak Island. The facility is the latest evidence that the partnership between New Hanover Regional Medical Center and J. Arthur Dosher Hospital is working to bring healthcare closer to the community.
Last July, the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees voted unanimously to enter into a partnership with New Hanover Regional. They shared a vision of improving services, attracting more primary care physicians to the region, increasing the availability of specialty care and offering more outreach programs to residents in Brunswick County.
“Brunswick County is a growing market with growing health care needs,” said John Gizdic, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Services at NHRMC.
“Our partnership with Dosher Hospital will bring much needed specialty services to the rapidly growing local community.”
Anchor Medical Center will provide offices for primary care and specialty care physicians, along with imaging and laboratory services. Its anticipated completion date is January 2008.
"Dosher Hospital is extremely excited to be a part of this project,” said Edgar Haywood III, CEO of Dosher Memorial. “We see it as a wonderful opportunity for the Dosher/NHRMC collaboration to bring additional and more specialized health care to the people of our service area. In addition, the clinic's Beach Road location will provide much improved convenience for residents of Oak Island and Caswell Beach."
Along with Anchor Medical Center, NHRMC and Dosher are studying other possible sites for outpatient satellite health centers in Brunswick County. As part of the agreement, NHRMC has assisted in recruiting three primary care physicians to Brunswick County, saving local practices and Dosher Hospital recruiting costs.
Additionally, Wilmington area specialists have started rotations in Southport and Supply. Cardiologists from Wilmington Cardiology visit weekly and other specialties plan to follow suit. NHRMC is assisting with the recruitment for some of these specialty services.
Patients at Dosher Hospital will also benefit from a new hospitalist program that NHRMC helped make possible. Physicians who specialize in inpatient care will be available around the clock to provide care for Dosher patients and their families.
New Hanover Regional has stationed one of its critical care ambulances at Dosher Hospital from 10am to 10pm nearly every day since January 2007, offering quick transport to NHRMC for patients needing critical care.
“We value our long-standing relationship with Brunswick County and its residents,” Gizdic said. “This partnership has allowed us to work with Dosher to strengthen services here, which means local residents have more access to care right at home.For more information on physicians who practice at NHRMC or Dosher Memorial Hospital, please call VitaLine at 815.5188.