Supporters discuss future of Pungo Hospital in Belhaven

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Dozens gathered Wednesday to emphasize the fight to reopen Belhaven’s hospital is still going strong.

The president of the NAACP along with newly re-elected Belhaven mayor Adam O’Neal held a news conference Wednesday morning.

O’Neal announced that the NAACP filed a complaint with the Justice Department over the removal of a judge that presided in a case, involving the former Vidant Pungo Hospital.

“Obviously, somebody made some complaint to Judge Sermons to have Fitch taken off the case,” said Mayor Adam O’Neal. “We believe that Judge Fitch is a black man, that they didn’t want him hearing a civil rights case which is not the way things should be done.”

O’Neal says the town is moving forward with an appeal against Vidant Health and Pantego Creek LLC.

A judge dismissed the town’s lawsuit last month. Their appeal is in the hands of the State Court of Appeals.

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