Belhaven officials’ latest accusations against Vidant Health are an attempt to divert attention from their failure to fulfill their agreement to have a viable plan to take over operations of Pungo Hospital, a Vidant administrator said Monday.
“Since April 1, Vidant Health has worked extensively to assist the town with its request to transfer ownership of Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven,” Vidant Community Hospitals president Roger Robertson said, responding to comments made Friday when N.C. NAACP attorney Al McSurely and Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal announced they were seeking a federal injunction to prevent the hospital’s closure today.
The two men and Vidant Health CEO David Herman reached an agreement on April 1 that Vidant would keep the hospital operating through June 30 while O’Neal and the town put together a plan to assume operations.
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