New Hanover Regional is a wholistic healthcare provider encompassing the entire spectrum of care through award winning facilities and services.
John Gizdic President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Gizdic became President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2017. He joined the Corporation in 2005 serving as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development before assuming the title of Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He received a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration from Pennsylvania State University and master of business administration and master of health administration degrees from Pfeiffer University.
Prior to joining the Corporation, Mr. Gizdic was with Carolinas Heath Care System (CHS) and during his 14-year tenure he served as vice president of administration and strategic services for Blue Ridge Health Care System, director of the CHS Management Company and in finance operations with Mercy Hospitals. Mr. Gizdic is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served on various boards and committees throughout North Carolina including Greater Wilmington Area Changer of Commerce Board of Directors; the Greater Wilmington Chamber Foundation Board; the Cape Fear Future Board; the North Carolina Hospital Association Policy Development Committee; and the North Carolina Center for Affordable Care Board.
Ed Ollie Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ollie oversees the financial operations for the Corporation and joined the Health Care system in 2004. He previously served as executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer for Wellmont Health System, a five-hospital system in Northeast Tennessee; senior vice president and chief financial officer for Phoebe Putney Health Systems, Inc. in Albany, GA; and assistant administrator and chief financial officer for Bay Medical Center, and vice president of finance for Tallahassee Memorial Medical Center, both in Tallahassee, FL. He also worked with the national accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand in Jacksonville, FL.
He received a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Mr. Ollie is a certified public accountant, fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a Vietnam Veteran having served in the United States Navy.
Andre Boyd Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Boyd oversees the development of working relationships with physicians, leaders and staff. Mr. Boyd grew up in New Orleans and attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He also received a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane School of Public Health in New Orleans. Mr. Boyd was previously the chief executive officer of Jackson North Medical Center in North Miami Beach, FL.
His previous positions include chief operating officer and chief staffing officer at Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, KY; associate chief operating officer and ethics compliance officer at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO; and business administrator of perioperative services at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Springs, MD.
Mary Ellen Bonczek Chief Nurse Executive
Ms. Bonczek guides the practice of more than 2,000 Health Care System nurses in the delivery of innovative and contemporary nursing practice. She has served as Chief Nurse Executive since 2001 and has 39 years of experience in the nursing profession, including critical care, nursing education, organizational performance improvement and executive leadership. Before joining the Corporation, Ms. Bonczek served as chief nurse executive at Ocean Medical Center/Meridian Health in Ocean County, NJ. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY, and her master of public administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, NJ.
She is board certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition, Ms. Bonczek serves as a board member for the New Hanover County Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence, the Nurse Advocacy Board at UNC Wilmington, the Cape Fear Community College Surgical Technology Advisory Board and the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing Excellence.
Joe Norris Chief Information Officer
Mr. Norris oversees information technology for the Corporation and leads technology initiatives used to support physicians, clinicians, and staff. Mr. Norris attended East Carolina university in Greenville, NC, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer science and later earned his master’s degree in business administration from Walden University. He previously served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Corporation, focusing on the modernization of infrastructure platforms and services.
Prior to joining the Corporation, he was the vice chancellor/chief information officer for East Carolina University and for more than 15 years led transformational initiatives such as a new distance education model, large scale virtualization / supercomputing implementation, and mobile technology deployment resulting in a nationally recognized academic support model. He has also held senior level positions at GlaxoSmithKline and BB&T and has been recognized as a Top 100 CIO by Becker’s Hospital Review. Mr. Norris currently serves as a board member for the Costal Horizons Center, the UNC Wilmington Information Systems Advisory Board, and the Council of the East Carolina University College of Engineering and Technology.
Dr. Philip Brown Chief Physician Executive
Dr. Brown oversees care quality, care transformation and physician leadership within the organization. He is a vascular surgeon and former chief of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Medical Staff. Practicing in Wilmington since 2004, Dr. Brown received a bachelor’s degree from UNC Wilmington in 1988, then gained his medical degree at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 1995. He completed a residency at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, then a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2001-2002.
The next two years he served on the academic faculty at East Carolina University in Greenville. Dr. Brown is former president of the New Hanover – Pender Medical Society and is co-director of the Kanof Instititue for Physician Leadership, a leadership college provided by the N.C. Medical Society Foundation.
Lynn Gordon, JD Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
Ms. Gordon oversees legal affairs and risk management for the organization and serves as counsel to the Board of Trustees. She joined NHRMC in March of 2017. Prior to this, she was an Equity Partner and Chair of the Healthcare Department in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, LLP, a highly-ranked national firm for Health Care Law. Previous positions include Associate General Counsel, Resurrection Health Care in Chicago, IL; Member of the Executive Committee, Equity Partner and Chair of Healthcare Department, Ungaretti & Harris, in Chicago, IL. Ms. Gordon holds a number of honors and awards for her work, including a long-standing ranking by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, focusing in health care law and health system strategy, and she has published and presented nationally throughout her career.
She has represented governmental and nongovernmental regional and national hospitals and health care systems for over 20 years, focusing on regulatory and transactional matters, medical staff and operational issues. Ms. Gordon has also represented numerous other providers, including physician groups, nationally. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a MA in English from North Carolina State University, and a BA in English from Michigan State University.
Michelle Adamolekun Chief Human Resources Officer
Mrs. Adamolekun oversees the Human Resources operations for the Corporation in support of its physicians, leaders and staff, and joined the Health System in 2019. She brings 25+ years of progressive Human Resources experience across the Healthcare, High Tech, Healthcare Insurance, Education and Financial industries. Prior to joining NHRMC, Mrs. Adamolekun served as Regional Chief Human Resources Officer for Ascension Health (170,000 employees), with oversight for four health systems (25,000 employees) in their Florida / Alabama Market.
Among her list of accolades, Mrs. Adamolekun earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters degree from Texas State University, along with several certifications in the field of Human Resources to include a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), Board Certified Coach (BCC), and Emotional Intelligence (EQi).
Mrs. Adamolekun currently serves as a Board member of the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board (Wilmington, NC) and the Reggae Girlz Foundation (Florida). She has also served on the following Boards and Committees to include St. Vincent’s Healthcare Board (Jacksonville, FL), St. Vincent Health System Board (Birmingham, AL), Sacred Heart Health System Board (Pensacola, FL), Central Texas Workforce Solutions Board (Austin, TX), Capital Idea Board (Austin, TX), Meridian World School Board (Round Rock, TX), Jack & Jill of America, Inc. (Austin, TX), NBMBAA – Austin Chapter Executive Advisory Council, Lake Travis Middle School Campus Advisory Committee.
Mrs. Adamolekun has been a featured speaker for numerous professional organizations within the United States and Internationally, and has been applauded for her commitment to mentoring, professional and personal coaching.
Kristy Hubard Chief Strategy Officer
Kristy Hubard is the Chief Strategy Officer for New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. In this role, which she began in October 2016, she oversees Community Relations and Government Affairs, Enterprise Analytics, Marketing and Public Affairs, and Planning and Business Development departments and has the great fortune of overseeing a highly credible and respected division that supports daily NHRMC’s mission of Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health. Prior to her current position, Kristy served as Administrator for the Business Analysis and Planning department and prior to that was in Director and Manager roles for Strategic Planning and Decision Support departments. Kristy began her career at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in 1999 as the Administrative Resident and has had the privilege of contributing to its significant growth and success ever since.
Kristy holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has also completed the Lean Healthcare Certificate Program from Belmont University.
Kristy is a North Carolina native, growing up in Greenville and then attending college at UNC-Chapel Hill. She enjoys outdoor adventures (surfing, camping) with her family (husband, Carter, and children, Riley and Andrew. Her goal is to explore new places and fill up her passport with stamps from faraway places. She tries to travel out of the country each year in pursuit of her long-term goal of visiting every continent.
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New Hanover Regional Medical Center has an amazing and diverse history marked by outstanding achievement and innovation for doctors, nurses and medicine, as well as countless impacts of war, politics, race relations, philanthropy and public sanitation.
As was the case with many of the early hospitals in the nation, our region’s first was seized rather than built. British soldiers during the Revolutionary War commandeered St. James Church in downtown Wilmington to care primarily for soldiers. During the Civil War, the same story was repeated as armies from both sides confiscated buildings for temporary use as hospitals.
Today, New Hanover Regional has grown to an impressive asset to the communities it serves. NHRMC receives no local tax support for its operations and contributes about $145 million annually to care for the poor and uninsured. As its services have grown, so has its role in this region’s economy. Including personnel costs and goods and services purchased, the medical center today has an impact of more than $1 billion annually on the economy of New Hanover County alone.
James Walker builds U.S. Marine Hospital
By 1857, a major railway had connected Wilmington to Virginia. Wilmington had grown into the state’s largest city and cultural center. The federal government commissioned a hospital and hired Scottish builder James Walker to build it. In 1900, Walker commissioned the construction of a new hospital in his adopted hometown of Wilmington.
James Walker Memorial Hospital
Early surgery at James Walker Memorial Hospital – before wearing surgical gloves was common
James Walker Memorial Hospital
The James Walker Memorial Hospital was a state-of-the-art hospital when it opened in 1902. The hospital included a nursing school for RNs and featured a women’s unit and horse drawn ambulance service. It had a “colored annex” but it was clear that, in a town torn by a racial riot in 1898, access to care was not yet equal. African-American physicians, disgusted by their inability to practice, opened Community Hospital and a nursing school in 1921. The two hospitals operated separately for the next 46 years.
James Walker Memorial Hospital begins a new era of hospital care
By 1947, James Walker Hospital had become outdated. The hospital board asked the county for funds to rebuild, but the issue died for lack of interest. In 1953, the James Walker board again asked for public money to build a new hospital, and again the proposal failed. Four years later, three prominent physicians pooled their resources and opened a private hospital, Cape Fear Memorial. Still, that did not solve the problem of the major hospital facility being outdated.
With the area’s physicians saying current facilities were obsolete, there was enough interest by 1958 for voters to decide whether to build a new hospital; unfortunately the vote failed by a 2½-to-1 margin.
Supporters of a new hospital rallied again for yet another bond vote, but encountered opposition from African-American leaders who didn’t trust the white community to build an integrated hospital. Leaders of the drive for a new hospital tirelessly courted the black community, as well as the community at large, to support the proposed hospital.
A final vote was held in Nov, 1961. With all votes tallied except one precinct – a mostly black downtown precinct – the “no” votes led the ballot. But by then, a foundation of trust had been built. The precinct came in overwhelmingly in favor of the hospital, and the referendum passed.
The skeleton of New Hanover Memorial Hospital rises
NHRMC opened in 1967 as an integrated hospital serving all people in the community. Since then, its providers and caretakers have healed a multitude of patients, brought many more into the world, and guided patients and families through all stages of life.
NHRMC was established when two segregated hospitals closed their doors and merged to create New Hanover Memorial Hospital. For a small southern town, it was a crowning civil rights achievement to have the region come together as one health care community for the first time.
“Over the past 50 years, our community members have learned to rely on NHRMC to deliver excellent health care,” said John Gizdic, President and CEO of NHRMC. “We are honored to have earned your trust and confidence. As health care continues to change, we will continue to work diligently to help our community members lives healthier lives.”
Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital
1998 - New Hanover Region and Cape Fear Merge; EMS services added
In 1998, New Hanover Regional and Cape Fear Hospital merged. Cape Fear now operates as NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital. The medical center operates Pender Memorial Hospital and has invested in that hospital’s continued growth. Also in 1998, NHRMC acquired New Hanover County’s emergency medical services.
2001 - First Air Ambulance Service, National EMS model & a new Cancer Center
By 2001, NHRMC added the region’s first air ambulance service. They also played a lead role in national disaster response planning. One year later, New Hanover Regional EMS became the state’s first model EMS system.
Also in 2001, a freestanding cancer center opened. Two years later the cancer program was designated a national Teaching Hospital Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and has continued in this role ever since.
2005 – Surgical Pavilion & Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital
In 2005, the Board of Trustees approved what would be the largest building and renovation project in the hospital's history to date. The project included the opening of the Surgical Pavilion in June, 2008 and the Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital three months later. Renovations were completed throughout the main patient tower designed to make patients and their families more comfortable.
NHRMC Physician Group
In 2009, the NHRMC Physician Group was formed. With nearly 200 providers in primary care and specialty fields, the NHRMC Physician Group is committed to providing the highest quality healthcare across the region.
Zimmer Cancer Center
Zimmer Cancer Center Expansion
2018 marked an important milestone with the expansion and renovation of the NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center. The project expanded the comprehensive services offered to patients at the region’s primary destination for cancer care. The new center was designed to provide exceptional care in a soothing, comfortable and private environment.
Today, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and its affiliates include three area hospital campuses and a total of 855 licensed beds. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the primary referral hospital in the region with specialty centers in cardiac, cancer, obstetrics, trauma, vascular surgery, intensive care, rehabilitation, and psychiatry.
In 2018, we formed Mission Corps, a volunteer organization movement to connect our employees to volunteer opportunities in our community. From team building activities, to family-friendly events and activities, to annual events that our staff support, we are invested in serving the community which we’re based in.
Our team-focused events include things like helping to feed our surrounding communities through NourishNC and Farmers MarKIDs, as well as through Food Pharmacy at our local food bank, home repair projects through WARM and Habitat for Humanity volunteer days. We also have a Barbershop Initiative to reach people where they are in their community.
Fun, family-friendly events include “Dancin’ in the Park” events - weekly exercise events held each weekend and opportunities to be “baserunner” coaches through the local Miracle League of Wilmington.
HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award 2019
Recognizes hospitals for their overall performance in delivering a positive experience for patients during their stay. Healthgrades evaluates patient experience through a survey to the hospitals own patients.
HealthGrades 5-Star Treatment of Stroke Recipient 2020
Healthgrades recognizes hospitals that deliver superior patient outcomes within the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. NHRMC was awarded for superior clinical outcomes in the care and treatment of stroke.
AHA Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Award 2019
NHRMC received the 2019 Get With the Guidelines award in 2019 for hospitals that demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of seven categories such as: IV rt-PA, Early Antithrombotics, VTE prophylaxis, Antithrombotics, Anticoagulation for AFib/Aflutter, Smoking cessation, and Statin Prescribed at Discharge.
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