Vidant has purchased nearly 20 acres to build a new multi-specialty clinic in the Beaufort County town of Belhaven.
The medical system announced it planned to build the facility after news broke that Pungo Hospital would be closing.
The new 12,000-square-foot facility will be located at 601 Old County Road, between the post office and the Food Lion shopping center, south of Highway 264.
Vidant officials say design and construction are expected to be completed in 18 months.
"In September, the Vidant Pungo Hospital Board of Directors voted to move forward with plans to provide sustainable health care by building the new 24-hour clinic to serve eastern Beaufort and Hyde counties," said Roger Robertson, President of Vidant Community Hospitals. "We will continue to work with state and local officials as we transition care to our interim facilities and eventually over to the new clinic.
Vidant said the move was made to replace the hospital with a 24-hour clinic because of the current hospital's age and lack of revenue.
According to a news release, "the project cost of the new 12,000-square foot facility will be more than $4.2 million, and will include an adjacent helipad for quick transport to a hospital such as Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, the only level one trauma center in eastern North Carolina. The new multispecialty clinic will offer primary and specialty care, urgent and emergent care 24-hours a day. The new facility will treat patients regardless of their ability to pay."
The release goes on to say "once the current hospital closes, physician and outpatient services will be made available at the Vidant Medical Group practices in Belhaven. Twenty-four hour care will be available at Vidant Family Medicine on Haslin Street in Belhaven. Primary and specialty care will be offered at the Vidant Family Medicine locations on Allen and Water streets in Belhaven."