Rural Health

Health
8:38 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Belhaven Mayor Is '100 Percent' That Local Hospital Will Reopen

Mayor Adam O'Neal walked nearly 300 miles from his town of Belhaven, N.C. to Washington, D.C., advocating to reopen the Pungo Hospital.
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Belhaven Mayor Adam O'Neill says he's optimistic that the hospital in his town will reopen soon.

The non-profit Vidant Health closed the Pungo hospital there this summer, which served low-income and minority populations. 

Mayor O'Neill walked nearly 300 miles to Washington, D.C. to ask regulators to look into the closure.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to investigate whether Vidant's closing of the hospital has displayed unlawful discrimination based on race and national origin.

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Health
7:52 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Task Force: Rural NC Needs Better Investment Strategies To Improve Health

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A state task force says rural communities need more strategic investments and partnerships to improve their residents' health. 

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine's Task Force on Rural Health released a report Monday about health disparities in rural counties. 

It says many of their childhood nutrition programs need more attention.  And local schools need more help to recruit health care professionals who will stay and work in rural North Carolina.

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Mon May 5, 2014

"When You Step Into The Room You Are Family": The Life Of An NC Nurse

Nursing Agency Mooresville NC
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With days full of physical assessments, patient advocacy, connecting with patients' families, and communicating with physicians, a nurse’s work is never done. And when a hospital is understaffed or under-resourced, nurses take on more patients and extra shifts. 

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Health
10:39 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Hyde County Overhauling Emergency Services As Hospital Closes

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EMS officials in an eastern North Carolina county will have to expand their services as another rural hospital shuts down. 

The Vidant Pungo Hospital in the town of Belhaven will be closed by next spring.  The facility is in Beaufort County, but it's the closest hospital for residents of neighboring Hyde County, which has about 6,000 people. 

Hyde County EMS director Justin Gibbs says the next closest facilities with emergency services are about 30 miles farther away.

"We're going to have to look at rewriting our system plan," Gibbs says.

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