Duplin General: UHS Lease Means Job Security, Secure Future

University Health Systems' lease agreement got the thumbs up Tuesday night from the hospital board at Beaufort County Medical Center. UHS already runs several hospitals in Eastern Carolina. Amanda Paul visited Duplin General Hospital, one of the facilities UHS manages.

Duplin General Hospital, signed a lease agreement with UHS in October 2010. Previously, UHS managed the hospital. but since the new lease some in the community say there have been minor, positive changes like a shorter wait time and improved customer service.

Doctors have already been added to the staff and plans are to add 6-8 more.

Sandra Reynolds brought her grandfather to Duplin General Tuesday after he suffered a stroke even though he was resistant at first.

"He had I guess a bad past experience, but after me telling him about the new stroke team being here and a little convincing from me and the EMT staff in the ambulance he decided to come here because.... for a local hospital- to us living about 15 minutes away, its one of the best hospitals close to us," said Reynolds.

Duplin General Hospital's Director of Marketing Laura Maready says University Health Systems helped secure its future, and provides job security for employees.

UHS runs 8 hospitals in Eastern Carolina. Beaufort County Medical Center would make 9. County commissioners still have to approve the BCMC lease agreement.


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  • by Duplin citizen Location: duplin co on Feb 9, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    I can only say I hope that DGH can improve more, they have made some improvements however they are still in desperate need of doctors who know what they are doing and administrative staff that can effectivly run a hospital, in fact UHS should send folks from PCMH to run DGH this would be far better than what is currently in administration. To many patients have been misdiagnosed or poorly treated at DGH, this comes from incompetence of the docs on staff there and the administration that fails to ensure quality patient care. It is a shame that rural areas like duplin have such poor health care, however many high caliber docs do not wish to work in such an impoverished area, perhaps DGH could come up with some incentives to get the big time docs down here and improve the care provided by DGH, also have access to specialty staff after 5pm many of the specialty staff go home at 5 so that needs to be attended too.
  • by David Location: Richlands on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    As a EMS provider in Duplin County I have scene the changes that have come from UHS taking over DGH and it gets better everyday. I thank it would be good for BC to sign with them so there family and friends get the best care for them. DGH has made some great changes in patients lives since becoming a stroke center, and the care patients get there as well as from EMS really improve the outcome for better living in every patient that get treated there. So people from BC stand up and vote YES so you and get the quilty care that will improve your life.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    Now that's what I'm talking about good reporting. WITN has seen comments from the local community about the affiliation and drove to another hospital and provided a story. This is the way it should be and not just reporting what has happened after the fact. This topic is hot and the news media should have covered more and investigated claims, alligations, other hospitals, ect.
  • by Gloria Location: Greenville on Jan 20, 2011 at 03:28 AM
    I'm from Washington state and traveled to Greenville to see my sons. I have cancer but had the okay for a short trip. Not to bore you, something happened, and I had to go to PCMH for help, and learned it is part of UHS. I wished they would have a hospital where I live, or that I could live here because I've never been treated with so much care, as though they'd always known me. Things weren't going so well, but the people at UHS helped me and quickly got me back on my feet. I can't thank them enough for their help, and I was able to be with my sons and talk with them like the mom they used to know. I'm very grateful to everyone who helped me there and were so kind, from the people at the front door to the nurse who helped me get in the car. Thank you so much!
  • by Anon on Jan 19, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    If there are any questions in the minds of the BC Commissioners minds as to how to vote, please contact the people of Duplin County. Sounds like improvements to DGH and associated medical care already.
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