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Vidant Health responds to attacks by Raleigh politicians

May 31, 2019 posted by Vidant Health Communications

Greenville, N.C. – The people of eastern North Carolina are under attack by Raleigh politicians, putting health care for millions and thousands of jobs at significant risk in 29 counties.

Vidant Health is not surprised by recent reports confirming the University of North Carolina System has been actively working behind the scenes to take over Vidant and ECU Physicians. It is part of a coordinated effort by outside interests and Raleigh politicians to “take dominant position in governance, deal terms, etc.” in eastern North Carolina. Despite this and many false narratives, the affiliation agreement with the Brody School of Medicine has always been and continues to be in effect. In fact, Vidant continues to support the education of medical students, residents and other health care providers, including Pirate nurses. The significant financial support from Vidant to Brody continues.

According to the News & Observer, “general assembly leadership is actively crunching the numbers” to create a new teaching hospital for East Carolina University. We all know here in the East that is not the right thing to do.

We will continue to engage in discussions including mediation and work with those who want to support health care and communities in the East, but we will also continue to strongly resist efforts to tear it apart.

On behalf of patients, families, friends and team members, Vidant is thankful for the support by Sen. Don Davis and the 20 other Senators who supported the people of eastern North Carolina. Vidant is facing a total of $73 million in cuts from Raleigh politicians. These cuts by elected officials are retaliation due to governance changes; those changes are designed to keep health care in the hands of those who care the most about eastern North Carolina. 

Vidant will continue to fight for the communities we love, which includes some of the most under served in the state.

To join us in standing up for eastern North Carolina, contact your elected representatives in the Senate and House. Politicians need to know why these cuts are detrimental to all of us.

To learn more, visit standupforenc.org

 

About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,504-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 13,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.

 

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