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First Images Inside Belhaven's Shuttered Hospital

  On Sept. 16 we learned from WNCT reporter Josh Birch that Vidant Health and its LLC have changed the locks to they hospital they closed down in Belhaven, NC hoping that no more images reach the public. At issue are claims that the hospital smells of mold and is falling apart from the inside — not accurate, but nonetheless convincing for those who wish to prevent the hospital from reopening — and, concerns that medical equipment estimated at $5 million has been removed.   Continue reading

Deeds, misdeeds, 1947 law & the original vision of Pungo Hospital

People in Belhaven have been asking themselves: what would our parents, grandparents and great grandparents do in the conflict over Pungo District Hospital? What would they think of it? How would they have resolved it?I think I found an answer in the Registry of Deeds in the Beaufort County Courthouse in Washington, NC. Continue reading

Vidant Health & Pantego Creek, LLC have closed Belhaven's Hospital, for now

On April 3, 2014, Vidant Health CEO David Herman, MD spoke at the signing ceremony for the historic mediated settlement that resulted from the North Carolina NAACP's filing of a Title 6 complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice. The complaint had pointed to the disproportionate impact Vidant's takeover and closing of the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, NC would have on poor and minority communities, prompting the DoJ to step in.   Continue reading

Mayor O'Neal's 273 mile walk to Washington DC

"Walking Mayor" Adam O'Neal (R) will complete his 273-mile march from his home town of Belhaven, NC to the U.S. Capitol Building in the name of Medicaid expansion, endangered rural hospitals, and the Pungo District Hospital, which closed on July 1 endangering his community.   Continue reading

Hurtful statements add to family's heartache

Just a few days after the death of Portia Gibbs, 48, her husband, Barry, and her children Justin and Ashely shared with us that they were wounded by two assertions that had reached them about Portia's death. They said that these assertions may have originated with Hyde County emergency management officials.    Continue reading