It is a matter of life and death

Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, NC, a critical access hospital, was built in 1949 as a community hospital that would serve everyone regardless of income.

In 2011, it was taken over by Vidant Health with a promise to expand it. After two years, Vidant announced it would close the hospital for financial reasons.

Based on a business plan sponsored by the town of Belhaven and vetted by three independent consulting companies, we know that Pungo Hospital can be viable, but will Vidant Health allow a competitor to emerge in a region they largely control?

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