A Piece of Paper Is All That's Needed for Millions in Renovation

Onslow County's hospital wants County Commissioners to do the right deed. They want them to hand over the deed to the hospital so they can apply for $50 million to start renovations that will eventually lead to a brand new public hospital.

Commissioners got that request at a briefing Wednesday, but one commissioner says the timing for that request will make it a political hot potato with a contentious election just around the corner. That brought strong responses from hospital board members who've turned Onslow Memorial around in just four years and want to chart a new course for the future.

The hospital wants $50 million for a new emergency room and surgery suite. That would be the first part of a $100 million renovation that would totally replace the existing over crowed and outdated hospital on Western Boulevard.