Case against Vidant, Pantego Creek to likely be dismissed

Published 2:29 pm Thursday, October 8, 2015

According to sources in Belhaven, Superior Court Judge Stuart Albright has decided to throw out the case against Vidant Health and Pantego Creek LLC, which alleges claims of breach of contract, fraud and unfair trade practices.

The decision will not be made final until Judge Albright issues the ruling in writing, which is expected to happen in the next couple of days.

This is following a Tuesday court date at the Beaufort County Courthouse in which Vidant and Pantego Creek presented arguments as to why the judge should dismiss the case, and the plaintiffs defended their decision to file.

The claims were filed by the Town of Belhaven and the state NAACP following Vidant’s decision to close Vidant Pungo Hospital on July 1, 2014 due to the facility losing millions of dollars each year. The Town of Belhaven has argued that Vidant broke its contract with the town when it ceased to operate the hospital, and the NAACP has said the hospital’s closure has put minorities and poor individuals at a disadvantage.

Mayor Adam O’Neal said he is not allowed to comment on the judge’s decision as of yet, but will give comments after the decision is final.

Vidant has not returned calls from the Daily News seeking a comment.