Speakers Support UHS Management of BCMC At Public Hearing

Its a process that has had one county in eastern Carolina up in arms over the past several months. The issue of who will manage Beaufort County Medical Center.

Beaufort County Commissioners held the final public hearing Wednesday night at Beaufort Community College before the long awaited vote to accept or reject University Health Systems as the new management of BCMC in Washington.

Everyone who spoke at the meeting was in favor of the UHS proposal which will allow a $10 million buyout at the end of the 30-year, $30 million lease. One resident and a former hospital chief financial officer in Maine thinks it should be an easy decision.

"Quality health care and increasing the quality health care and the access to it will make this area more attractive to retirees to come to Beaufort County," said a former hospital CFO, David Wheeler.

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