2017 Was a Year of Expansion, Celebration, Community Involvement at NHRMC
December 22, 2017
In 2017, New Hanover Regional Medical Center celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over those 50 years, NHRMC has grown into the healthcare system that this region counts on for quality care.
And our 50th year was one of our busiest. Here’s a look back at some of the major events at NHRMC during 2017.
- John Gizdic began as CEO and President. Almost immediately, he unveiled a new mission statement: Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health. Under his leadership, NHRMC made the next step forward in reaching out to the community to proactively improve health
- Renovated, expanded NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center opened, providing more treatment space with more natural sunlight and allowing room for more doctors to work on site. The two-year project doubled the size of the cancer center through patient, staff, and physician input.
- Finishing touches were added to the renovated, expanded NHRMC Emergency Department on the main campus. The department has doubled in size to meet growing community needs.
- NHRMC Wound Care Center opened, giving patients many options for wound care, including a hyperbaric chamber to promote healing.
- A medical office building in Jacksonville opened, offering primary care and several medical specialties to that area
- NHRMC Physician Group added two pediatric surgeons to its staff, allowing young patients and their families the opportunity to receive highly specialized critical care at home rather than travel hours to get care.
- NHRMC completed construction of its Employee Parking Garage, a 700-vehicle facility with a skywalk bridging 17th Street to ease access for employees and open up parking spots on campus for patients and visitors.
- NHRMC broke ground on a new 108-bed Orthopedic Hospital, a $90 million project that will be completed in 2019. When completed, the new hospital will consolidate orthopedic care on the main campus with other NHRMC services.
- NHRMC added new physicians and services, expanding the Congestive Heart Failure program and implementing new stroke procedures.
- NHRMC moved its Nunnelee Pediatric Clinics to a new location in Autumn Hall and opened a Health & Diagnostics Center in Jacksonville.
- Opioid harm reduction efforts included new prescribing guidelines that reduced opioid prescriptions by 15%, three new medication dropboxes, and coordinating a four-county, nine-site takeback event that brought in 2,880 pounds of medications.
- Employees, inspired by the new community-minded mission, donated about $20,000 worth of food to poor children and 9,500 books to area schools in high-poverty communities
- Other mission activities included a Barbershop Initiative, where NHRMC offers health screenings at a barbershop in a medically underserved area; a partnership with Meals on Wheels to provide meals to malnourished patients; offering Uber rides home for patients in need; and tending community gardens at two NHRMC sites.