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Town Council and Vidant Health agree to new multispecialty facility in Belhaven

January 27, 2015 by Chris Mackey

At the Belhaven Town Council meeting last night, the Council approved a memorandum to move forward with plans for Vidant’s new $4.2 million, 12,000 square-foot multispecialty health care facility. The Town Council voted to authorize immediate issuance of a zoning permit and to expedite review of construction applications and permits in accordance with law for construction of the facility, complete with helicopter access, to better meet Belhaven area patients' needs.

“We are pleased that the Town Council has worked with Vidant to complete a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement (MOUA) to move the project forward. The new facility will put all the family physician practices under one roof, and be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the citizens in Belhaven and surrounding Hyde and Beaufort counties,” said Chief Corporate Services Officer Roger A. Robertson.

Vidant purchased the 19.4-acre property in 2013, and since then has attended numerous Town Council and Board of Adjustment meetings to reach a solution for building a multispecialty facility on the property. Vidant prepared and submitted a Memorandum of Understanding to the Town Council earlier this year that was accepted at last night's meeting. 

"We’ve been working closely with the Town of Belhaven to move this process along and are pleased with the resolution to the zoning and permitting process," said Robertson. "Vidant is glad to be able to move forward with construction of the 24/7 facility, at no cost to taxpayers, benefiting Belhaven and the surrounding communities.”

As part of the bid process, Vidant will announce an information session for local suppliers and contractors to make them aware of opportunities to participate in the construction of the facility. 

Throughout the zoning and permitting process, Vidant has remained steadfast in its commitment to build a new model of ambulatory care for the community and is pleased with the Town Council's decision to allow construction of the state-of-the-art facility, bringing both jobs and improved health care to the region. 
 
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