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.