WASHINGTON N.C. (WNCT) – The Beaufort County Hospital Authority Board met for the last time Thursday, after county commissioners voted 6-1 to dissolve it.
Commissioners made the decision to ensure they had control over the $6 million dollars in a trust fund, and not the hospital board. Commissioners have promised to use the money to further healthcare in the county.
During the hospital board’s meeting, they tied up loose ends and also spelled out their concerns over the county taking it over.
Commissioner Hood Richardson, the Chairman of the hospital board, said the other commissioners have made a big mistake in dissolving the board.
“The big problem is what are the clowns at the board of county commissioners going to do with the money when the trust fund expires,” Richardson said.
He said the trust fund will expire in September 2016. He believes commissioners could use the money to pay for things outside of the healthcare field.
The hospital board’s main mission was overseeing liability claims prior to Vidant taking the hospital over. That responsibility, and the pending claims, now will fall on the county.