Washington County Hospital reopening next week

Published: Apr. 23, 2019 at 5:25 PM EDT
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An Eastern Carolina county will get its hospital reopened next week.

Washington County Hospital has been closed since February 14th and afterward, its owner filed for bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy trustee Thomas Waldrep told WITN this afternoon that beginning May 1st, they will ask back a small group of employees/

He said as the hospital re-establishes itself, they'll ask more employees to come back.

Waldrep said the employees coming back will be paid for new work, as well as back pay owed them from the old company. Employees not coming back will have a priority claim with the bankruptcy court.

The trustee said their ultimate goal is for the court to sell Washington County Hospital to an interested party.

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An Eastern Carolina congressman says a closed hospital serving one county will soon reopen.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield said this afternoon that the Washington County Hospital "is set to reopen in the coming days."

The hospital in Plymouth suddenly shut down on February 14th, forcing people in the county to travel some 30 miles for medical care.

The hospital closed and then shortly afterward declared bankruptcy. It was operated by a private health care company after the county sold the facility back in 2007.

The county has been working since to get the hospital reopened.

"While the reopening announcement is good news for patients and employees of the hospital, we must ensure vigilance in the requisite oversight of the hospitals' reopening. Issues such as employee back pay, maintenance of patient records, safeguarding of drugs and equipment are a few examples of what must be properly accounted for," said Butterfield.

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