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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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