The Save Our Hospital group held its first public meeting Tuesday evening in Wilmington. A standing room only crowd listened to speakers explain why they are opposed to the possible sale or merger of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell made the trip down from Raleigh to express his thoughts on a possible hospital sale. “You have a community hospital the likes of which I don’t think exist in many other places, not just in North Carolina, in the United States. It is high quality. It is low cost. It’s accessible, and it’s profitable. Preserve it for the next generation. Thank you.” Folwell says he believes it would be a loss for the community to have the medical center’s control moved out of local hands.
Save Our Hospital was formed last year by Gene Merritt, as a response to the Partner Advisory Group. The PAG was created by the County last year, to explore a sale or merger for the hospital. Merritt says his group is making progress.