June 12, 2014
UPDATE: Vidant responds to action
by Dare commissioners
By IRENE NOLAN
Health has responded to action taken by the Dare County Board of
Commissioners last week that essentially cuts its county funding by
The board voted unanimously at its June 2 meeting to give
half of the $100,000 in support that it contributes to Vidant Health,
which operates Vidant Family Care in Avon, to the newly reopened
Hatteras Medical Center.
Beginning with the next fiscal year,
which begins July 1, $50,000 in county funds will go to Vidant and
$50,000 will go to Hatteras Medical Center in Hatteras village.
When asked for reaction to the action, Vidant issued a three-sentence response.
we have heard that Dare County is reducing funding for Vidant Family
Care in Avon, we have not been contacted by officials regarding the
matter," a spokesperson said in a written statement.
Health helped stabilize health care on the island and has been a part
of the Hatteras Island community since 1998," the spokesperson
continued. "We look forward to working together with county leaders to
continue to provide health care for Hatteras Island and the Outer
The spokesperson also noted that Vidant's hospital in
Belhaven has not closed. Vidant, she said, is working with the
community to hand the facility over to local control and ownership.