Belhaven hospital supporters to march at Executive Mansion

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Advocates of reopening a hospital in Belhaven have scheduled a march at the Executive Mansion.

Organizers say the residents will march Thursday at the mansion in Raleigh in support of reopening the former Pungo District Hospital in Beaufort County.

Belhaven mayor Adam O’Neal said last week that a judge issued a 10-day restraining order to prevent the current owner of the hospital, Pantego Creek LLC, from demolishing the building.

Vidant Health took over the hospital in 2011. It announced in 2013 that it would close the hospital, saying it could not be made financially viable.

Town and community groups have worked since the hospital closed in 2014 to buy the building and reopen it as a health facility.

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