First On 9: Model to reopen Pungo Hospital will impact veterans in the East

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BELHAVEN, N.C. (WNCT) – A new model released shows how the town of Belhaven plans to reopen Pungo Hospital, which closed on July 1, 2014.

The model would include leasing a large amount of the hospital to a group who would provide healthcare to wounded warriors and veterans in the East.

In a letter to the Pungo Medical Center Board of Directors, Mike Hall with Strategic Health Care LLC said they are prepared to sign a lease to occupy 30-35 of the available 49 beds in the hospital to serve the veteran community.

“Strategic will hire staff from the community as well as purchase property in the community for plans for future growth,” Hall said in the letter.

The town continues to battle managers with Pantego Creek LLC for ownership of the hospital and property.

Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal said once they obtain ownership of the land, they will be able to secure a nearly $6 million loan from the USDA.

O’Neal sent WNCT’s Josh Birch a letter from the USDA that specifically said the town wouldn’t be on the line for any debt from the loan.

“USDA will take a security interest via a promissory note and real estates deed of trust with Pungo Medical Center,” said Kim Miller with the USDA.

A news conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Belhaven Civic Center to reveal more details about the plan.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

To read the letters, click below.

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