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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By 1947, James Walker Hospital had become outdated.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.
Forbes Top 100 Large Employers in the United States 2018-2019
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150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2019
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We are committed to meeting you and your loved ones' needs with the highest compassion, care and courtesy.
Each team member acts responsibly and takes pride in carrying out his or her role in our organization.
We share a common purpose - serving our patients, their loved ones and our community - and collaborate as a team to meet this goal.
We encourage open communication through listening to our patients, families and one another to better meet their needs.