Couple Will Not Pursue Legal Action Against Officials In Hospital Handling

The couple that filed suit against Beaufort County Commissioners and the hospital board for their handling of finding new hospital management is not pursuing the legal action anymore.

The couple's attorney Mark Stewart of the Burch Law Office in Greenville confirms that with the expiration of the injunction against the county commissioners Wednesday, the Boyds will not pursue the lawsuit. Stewart says the commissioner's handling of a proposal from Community Health System to manage the hospital in Washington was the driving force behind the injunction. Now that CHS has withdrawn their proposal, Stewart says the Boyds will no longer press the issue.

Next Wednesday is a tentative meeting date for the Beaufort County Commissioners to consider the proposal from University Health Systems. County Manager Paul Spruill tells WITN it may be postponed to Friday because of a scheduling conflict at the courthouse. Spruill says they expect a large turnout and want to be sure the meeting space is large enough to accommodate the crowd.

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  • by many thanks on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd! And for all you negative naysayers, read the injunction. The judge issued the injunction because the items cited had merit and were in fact likely to be ruled in favor of the Boyds.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    Maybe we as a people should have done this with Obamacare and with the out of control spending in DC?
  • by Tom Location: Washington on Jan 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    Rusty, The answer to your concern is to assure that the CC proceeds with the public interest and is mindful of their responsibilities under the law. If the judge did not feel that NC law was violated he would not be able to issue an injunction. The Hospital Board's desire for secrecy and the obvious "stacking of the deck" led to reasonable suspicion that everthing was not on the up and up. If thet did the same for a sewer or water line the same jeopardy would exist. We should be thankful that our leaders are being held to a lawful standard.
  • by Blah Blah Blah on Jan 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    The people of the county as a whole got the job done.
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Jan 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    While the right decision may have finally been reached the fact that a private couple was able to file an injunction against the county commission to stop this concerns me somewhat...What if I don't want a new water line, (or any other action by the county commission that I may not agree with) can I as a private citizen have an injunction filed to stop it? Maybe I'm misunderstanding what happened here, I admit I don't have all the facts but at a glace I can foresee big trouble down the road if more and more of this type of thing happens.
  • by cj on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    i have an idea, let's give UHS EVERY hospital in the country!
  • by S Location: Washington,Nc on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Many many thanks James Russell & Phyllis for your efforts & time in getting this was just what we,the citizens needed to put an end to the ridiculous farce of the Hospital Board....Unfortunately,some idiots still don't get it. But you can't fix stupid....
  • by Relieved Location: Beaufort county on Jan 21, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    Thank you to the Boyd's for forcing the some of the elected officials of this county to finally listen to the residents and the VOTERS of this county! Also, thank you to the judge that granted the "time out" for voices to be heard!!!
  • by Concern on Jan 21, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    This planet has enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every mans greed.
  • by Concern on Jan 21, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    That injuction worked for the citizens of Beaufort County. Playing like they were making a decision, when the back door deal was done months ago. It finally worked out for the majority of the people in Beaufort County. Now when election day, we will do what is best again. The injuction was a good thing. It kept this back door deal from going through.
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