Adam O’Neal, mayor of Belhaven, N.C., has embarked on a fight to save the now shuttered rural hospital in which he was born, according to STAT.
Mr. O’Neal saw Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven as the “heartbeat” of the community, as it provided not only healthcare but jobs to residents. The hospital was shut down on July 1, 2014, less than three years after it was purchased by Greenville, N.C.-based Vidant Health. Since then, Mr. O’Neal has aimed to revive the hospital.
In what he sees as a matter of life and death, according to STAT, Mr. O’Neal and residents of Belhaven will go to court Dec. 28 to try to block demolition of the hospital.
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