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Vidant Health officials discuss options for Beaufort and Hyde Counties

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Vidant Health is moving forward with plans for a new 24/7 care clinic in Beaufort County.

Thursday Vidant Health officials met with elected officials and leaders from Beaufort and Hyde Counties to discuss the future of health care services in the Belhaven area.

When the current facility closes, patients will receive care at a state-of-the art 10,000 square foot facility. Vidant Family Medicine-Belhaven will be located on Haslin Street. Services will also be available at the other physician practices on Allen Street and Water Street.

 "Vidant Health is committed to working with local leaders to enhance the quality of care to Beaufort and Hyde counties," said Dr. David Herman, president and CEO, Vidant Health.  "We must seek sustainable and affordable solutions for health care delivery."

Vidant officials also discussed options to improve EMS services in Hyde and Beaufort Counties with one-time grants-in-aid to each county.

In Hyde County, the Vidant Health Foundation will provide up to $250,000 for the purchase of a new medical emergency transport vehicle to enhance emergency coverage across the country.

In Beaufort County, $500,000 will go toward paramedic level emergency services. This will allow medical treatment to begin when emergency personnel arrive on the scene.

Should the option be accepted by the counties, officials say Vidant Health will continue to offer patients clot-busting drugs for heart attacks and stabilization for transport to higher levels of care for 18 months while Beaufort County increases level of EMS service from intermediate to paramedic. After 18 months, these services would be provided by county EMS personnel, not at the multispecialty clinic in Belhaven.  

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