Pennington and Eakins Honored as Health Care Heroes

November 19, 2018

Rand Pennington, Family/Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at NHRMC Physician Group – New Hanover Medical Group was named a Health Care Hero in the NP/PA category at the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Wilmington Business Journal.

Dr. William Eakins, retired president of NHRMC Physician Group-New Hanover Medical Group, was named a Health Care Hero in the Physician category.

Other finalists from the NHRMC system:

From Rand Pennington’s nomination:

Rand is exceptional, truly the “go-to guy” in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He bends over backward to ensure positive outcomes for his and his colleagues’ patients, and he is an extraordinary asset to our community.”

Other colleagues agree that Rand is an excellent clinician, saying “he is extremely thorough and doesn’t miss anything in his patient assessments. His interactions with other providers, coworkers and patients are professional and respectful.

He is one of the most well-respected providers in the organization; everybody knows and loves him. He leads by example, and it’s obvious that he is wholeheartedly dedicated to providing the best care. And patients love him, many specifically ask for him.” One internist said, “If my family was sick, I would feel extremely at-ease knowing Rand was taking care of them.”

Because diabetes is a growing problem within New Hanover Medical Group’s patient population, Rand is currently working on an initiative to accomplish better outcomes in diabetes patients.

From Dr. Eakins’ nomination:

Retired past president of NHMG; New Hanover Pender Medical Society; community leader; practiced medicine for 40 years; New Hanover County leader in forming largest pure Primary Care Organization in Eastern NC. Served as chairman of the NHRMC Dept. of Medicine from 1996-1998.

Eakins retired in 2015.