Belhaven Mayor Embarks on 283-Mile Hike For Rural Hospitals

Jun 1, 2015

Mayor Adam O'Neal of Belhaven, NC made the walk to Washington, D.C. last year when Belhaven Hospital shut down because of financial problems
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The mayor of Belhaven, N.C. is walking to Washington, D.C., again, over hospital closures.

Mayor Adam O'Neal made the trek last year when Belhaven Hospital shut down because of financial problems. 

Now he says there are as many as  283 rural hospitals across the country in danger of closing by the end of this year.

"All we're doing is trying to bring awareness, national awareness to a horrific tragedy that's taking place in our country right now and that's the failure of rural hospitals."

O'Neal says he will march 283-miles, one mile for each endangered hospital. The walk begins today, and ending on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on June 15th. 

He plans to petition Congress to fund rural hospitals.