A letter of intent between the Beaufort Regional Health System Authority Board and University Health Systems was signed late Tuesday afternoon.
According to officials, the signing of the letter of intent allows the due diligence process to continue to move forward.
A spokewoman said the next step in the process for the Beaufort County Commissioners is a public hearing regarding the UHS proposal.
That will take place Wednesday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m. at Beaufort County Community College Building 8.
The spokeswoman said it's expected within several weeks following the hearing, the commissioners "expect to complete the task of studying and approving the necessary documents that would allow University Health Systems to lease the necessary real estate for operating the hospital."