Beaufort County commissioners have approved the lease and possible sale of the county's hospital to University Health Systems.
The vote was 5-2 in favor of the agreement for the lease of Beaufort County Medical Center and associated properties to UHS.
Employees were told via email that the expected start date with UHS will be September 1.
Earlier Thursday the Beaufort Regional Health System Board of Commissioners voted in favor of a resolution approving the long-term lease with purchase option agreement with University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina.
"This is an exceptional moment in the history of Beaufort Regional Health System and University Health Systems," said BRHS Board Chairwoman, Alice Sadler.