UPDATE: Pungo District Hospital Approves UHS Takeover

The Pungo District Hospital Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to hand over management to University Health Systems under a contract that will pay down the small hospital's debt. All 10 members of the Belhaven hospital board met for more than an hour tonight to discuss the decision.

Spokeswoman Jenny Brown says the hospital's 150 employees have been prepared for the change and no layoffs are expected.

UHS trustees voted Tuesday to pay $1.6 million of the Pungo District Hospital's long-term debt, give $2 million to upgrade information technology, and $500,000 for capital improvements.

Pungo District Hospital initially approached UHS about a takeover. Now that the deal is approved, The contract will be signed September 30 and UHS take over the hospital October 1.

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University Health Systems is looking to expand its reach once again. The Pungo District Hospital Board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to accept UHS managing the hospital's Belhaven facility.

The UHS trustees voted Tuesday to pay $1.6 million of the Pungo District Hospital's long-term debt, give $2 million to upgrade information technology and $500,000 for capital improvements.

Pungo District Hospital initially approached UHS about a takeover. If the deal is approved, officials will close on it on September 30 and take over the hospital on October 1.

UHS completed a deal to take over Beaufort County Hospital in August.


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  • by RN - Beaufort on Oct 14, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    ALRIGHT NOW; ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. UHS took over Pungo on October 1, 2011 and they have still got gone and talked to any of the managers about scheduling. Just a little note: Compliance office called at UHS (Pitt), The Joint Commission called, along with the ARRT. No license means NO JOB!! UHS, let's keep up the high standards that you are known for!!! It should not be this difficult.
  • by RN - Beaufort on Oct 9, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    I tried to mention this without causing problems, BUT check out JCAHO standards below for hospital employees for the hospital to be credentialed: Patient Care Personnel Nurses, therapists, dietary technicians, nurses aides, pharmacy personnel, nurse assistants, alcohol and drug counselors and activity staff fall under the patient-care category for which JCAHO standard HR.1.20 applies. According to JCAHO, health care employers must verify evidence of applicable licenses, certifications, registrations, experience and competence; conduct criminal background checks when required by state law; and confirm health status for these clinical employees. Background checks may review convictions for neglect or abuse per state regulation. Read more: JCAHO Standards for Background Verifications | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8656943_jcaho-standards-background-verifications.html#ixzz1aIDHECFr
  • by JIMBO Location: Belhaven on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    Sure hope you Boyette lovers never have him take you houses for his good healthcare. Good riddence to him politically and as a doctor. And to the writer who said if he knew who you were you would be gone. Shame on you for any thing like that. Open your eyes and smell the roses. PDH is better now that he cant control it. Wonder how much of the facility he ownes? Just like the apartments money goes somewhere wonder where. He wont last long in a real heathcare system. They never do.
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      by What??? on Oct 4, 2011 at 06:57 AM in reply to JIMBO
      Jimbo, Im not sure where you get your information from. Dr. Boyette has never taken anyone's house for good healthcare. The only reason PDH is still floating is because of Dr. Boyette and his office. He ownes no interest in the Hospital, his only interest has been for good patient care. JIMBO is nothing but a trouble maker, probably Adam O'Neal scared to give his real name. GET A LIFE JIMBO...
  • by allen Location: belhaven on Sep 21, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    i think if it had not been for Dr Boyette PDH would have been in trouble a lot sooner he was the making of he hospital and he carried it with his own money seveal times, lts give credit where it is due Dr. COBhas been a good sent for PDh and i think the take over by UHS will be a wonderful things and i hope all the staff are still having jobs and that UHS can make it a more effecient hospital and bring more medical services to Belhaven int he future, Being a former employee i know how good PDh did for the hyde county areas and beaufort county too. Keep up the good work nurses and staff at the new UHS show people that Belhaven people and nurses can do the job for UHS
  • by Sam RN Location: Belhaven on Sep 21, 2011 at 06:16 PM
    Maybe UHS will move the location of PDH, so it does not have to clean out their patients and close their doors and go home until better weather arrives. Other hospitals do not have this luxuary. Truth be told they are probably the only one in the civilized world.
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      by PDH RN on Sep 21, 2011 at 07:54 PM in reply to Sam RN
      A new hospital would be nice,but don't be a hater because we are concerned about our patients safety during a hurricane. Also,we don't go home,we go to the facility that takes in our patients,and we take care of them there.
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      by RN on Sep 22, 2011 at 05:33 PM in reply to Sam RN
      Sam, maybe if you have such a misconstrued view of the situation, you would like to evacuate with PDH and see exactly what happens. When the dedicated employees leave their loved ones behind in a true emergency to go to whatever facility the patients are at to care for them. They stay at the facility to complete their shifts and as long as needed. PDH nurses are some of the best nurses there is. Please investigate before spouting things you know nothing about. Thanks!
  • by Coming to PDH Location: UHS Employee x 3yrs on Sep 21, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    Im so excited! A unnamed supervisor at Pungo District would not hire me when I applied for a job there a couple years ago. She had a bad attitude during my interview and came across as intimidated by my experience. Well I have been working with UHS at another hospital for 3 plus years and now that UHS will hopefully get PDH....I will be coming to PDH!! I hope that unnamed supervisor is still at PDH...I'm gonna be her best friend!!!!! lololol
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      by RN - Beaufort on Oct 5, 2011 at 04:26 AM in reply to Coming to PDH
      Good luck with that. UHS cannot even find the time to come and talk to managers about whether employees can work at 2 different hospitals or about the way they need to set up their schedules for UHS standards. So... I do not think that there will be any HIRING going on until UHS can take care of the employees that are already working there.
  • by Registered Nurse Location: ENC on Sep 21, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    Wonderful news!
  • by Need a change Location: Belhaven on Sep 21, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    Its not the professionals fault that work at PDH. There are good nurses there and I would trust the actual "floor/staff" nurses with my life. And yes they have saved many lives. The Board and the Administrative staff are the reason PDH is in the financial hardship. When the administrator cant or wont think and speak for his self and the ones under him make the calls, theres a problem. Why cant the employees and the public have some say so since the Board Members and the Administrative staff are the ones that got them in this situation to begin with?? Dont think they should allow for them to make the judgement calls when its apparent there judgement calls in the past 10 years or so hasnt helped it prosper. If everyone will think back, they were in this same situation 10 years ago, when pitt sent administrative staff in to help to improve the finances. And they done just that, improved the financial status. Instead they'd rather cut Boyettes throat than to listen to him when for years he was the reason PDH was making it. (Along with Mattie Rose) He may be old but he knows his stuff. Not to mention, what is the biggest financial burden in a nursing facility? Who is head of that? Think its time for a change with Board Members and Administrative staff.
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      by PDH Member on Sep 21, 2011 at 05:45 PM in reply to Need a change
      Need a change, you know little of what you speak. It may interest you to know that Dr Boyette has given his full support to this "takeover". It was the first and probably only question I asked....how did he feel about this? The entire medical staff but especially Doctor Boyette supports this. He spoke resoundingly in favor of this at the membership meeting and called for the support of this transaction. The hospital serves the people of this community but it is not a "public" entity. PDH is (was) a privately owned "not for profit" entity dedicated to providing health care to the people of this area. Been that way since its formation in 1949...worked pretty well for 60 years. I invite you to welcome this change.
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        by Need a change on Sep 21, 2011 at 06:55 PM in reply to PDH Member
        Oh I do welcome and highly support this change. I have been a Belhaven citizen my entire life and have always thought highly of Boyette and his decisions for the community. I must of been misunderstood. I would hope that Dr. Boyette would agree with this because he more than anyone has seen this facility slowly fall apart financially over the past decade. And probably knows this is the only way it will make it now. Yes what he done for years did work but over the past decade he has had less and less say so about the management of the facility, with outsiders (people NOT from Belhaven community, because their hometown community knew they were fakes and brown nosers and didnt want part of them, they all need to go back where they come from) coming in trying to run the show. And yes it is a "not for profit" entity but its always been one and never before been in this type of situation financially.
  • by DeAnna. on Sep 21, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    I think that like with everything that there will be pros and cons if the University Health Systems take over Pungo District. Maybe the pros will out weight the cons, maybe not. Hope that the best thing is done for the hospital and communities this hospital serves.
  • by pdhex Location: belhaven on Sep 21, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    The Board has worked very hard to make this transition from Pungo District to UHS. If you have listened to the board or to the UHS people, their interest is making our hospital better. Our choice was to go with UHS or shut PDH down- we need this facility and the professionals that work there. They have saved many many lives. I just hope everyone can keep a positive attitude and work hard to make this a good place to work and receive medical treatment.
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