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Pantego Creek, LLC, town of Belhaven butt heads over Vidant Pungo once again

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After months of back and forth, it appears there is another roadblock for Vidant Pungo Hospital.

Monday evening Pantego Creek, LLC sent out a release saying they will not agree to amend the contract signed in February by Vidant and Pantego regarding the ownership of the Vidant Pungo Hospital campus to extend the operations of the hospital for six more months. 

Pantego is the organization created in 2011 to oversee Vidant’s assumption of control of the hospital, which was previously independently operated.

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In February, Pantego and Vidant agreed that Vidant would transfer the hospital to Pantego, in accordance with the original 2011 agreement giving Vidant control of the hospital.  Pantego and Vidant also agreed that Vidant would construct and operate a new multi-specialty clinic serving the citizens of Belhaven, eastern Beaufort County and western Hyde County.

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Vidant has indicated that it would close the hospital effective July 1 if the Town is unable to assume the operation of the hospital on that date.  Now, the Town of Belhaven is asking for an additional six months, or until December 31, 2014, for the town to make arrangements to reopen the hospital. The requested amendment could also alter other terms of the agreement reached in February.

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Pantego has decided that amending the February agreement with Vidant is not in the best interest of its members and the community at large, citing certain circumstances of the transfer that could result in the termination of Vidant’s obligation to construct and operate the new clinic. 

Pantego also said they continue to have strong doubts regarding the long-term viability of the hospital’s ability to deliver healthcare services and to provide for the needs of local residents.

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