Rally held in fight to reopen Pungo Hospital in Belhaven

BELHAVEN, N.C. (WNCT) – The fight to re-open Pungo Hospital continued Saturday in Belhaven as hospital supporters rallied outside of the old hospital building.

North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber was on hand to discuss the federal complaint they plan to file with the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday. The complaint will address what they believe were improper actions taken by Vidant Health and the managers of Pantego Creek LLC.

Fears of someone coming in to tear down the hospital building has prompted the town to set up “Resurrection Tent” near the building, where they have hospital supporters watching over the building 24/7.

During the news conference, Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal also addressed supporters, saying how critical non-violent direct action will be in their fight to reopen the hospital.

Pungo Hospital has been closed since July 2014.

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