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Official: Shutdown a possibility for North Carolina hospital

An official at an eastern North Carolina hospital is concerned that the facility is about to close its doors for good

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

PLYMOUTH, N.C. (AP) — An official at a North Carolina hospital is concerned that the facility is about to close its doors for good.

Washington County Hospital CEO Melanie Perry tells WCTI in New Bern that the facility’s owner has plans to resolve several problems, including dwindling medical supplies and workers not getting paid for two weeks.

Empower HMS promised 50 employees that checks would arrive Monday, but staff members said they never came. There has been no word on when or if the medical supplies will be replenished.

Perry said closing the county’s only hospital would be devastating to the town of Plymouth, approximately 125 miles (201 kilometers) east of Raleigh.

The 12-bed hospital was owned by Washington County until 2007, when it was sold to ACHMCH Consolidated Management, an Empower HMS subsidiary.

Information from: WCTI-TV, http://www.wcti12.com/

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