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Prayer for Pungo Hospital: "God, change the hearts of those who think they're in control"

http://www.storyofamerica.org/belhaven2 As if in answer to the prayer filmed in Belhaven, NC on March 25, an announcement came on March 26, 2014 in a joint statement from the North Carolina NAACP and Vidant Health. The Vidant Pungo Hospital will not be closed on April 1 as planned. Under the settlement reached through mediation performed by the US Department of Justice, Vidant Heatlh will operate the hospital and its emergency facilities up until a July 1st handover to a new, community-based entity to run the hospital indefinitely. On Thursday April 3, the parties will hold a joint press conference to announce a strategic plan that could impact a "medical desert" crisis impacting America's rural communities.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 6, 2014 6:10 PM

Here is a great follow up to one small town's crisis!

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As "medical desert" looms in coastal North Carolina, GOP mayor joins forces w/ NAACP civil rights leader

by Eric Byler, Story of America


Vidant Health, a system of hospitals serving 29 counties in North Carolina's "Black Belt," announced six months ago that it would be closing the Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven, NC, which they had purchased two years earlier.


When they obtained the hospital from Pantego Creek, LLC, Vidant Health signed a contract promising that the hospital would remain open, and to improve services. The original purpose of this meeting was to hear a proposal from Rural Community Hospitals of America (RCHA), contradicting Vidant Health's claim that the hospital cannot be run more efficiently, and offering to do so, as RCHA has done in more than 200 small towns across the country. For this to happen, Pantego Creek, LLC would have to take action to reacquire the hospital (presumably through legal action over breach of contract). 


On January 8, 2014, Belhaven's Mayor Adam O'Neal had asked the Town Council to approve funds that would allow RCHA to conduct the in-depth study of Vidant Pungo Hospital's prospects and financial outlook. On Feb. 24, RCHA presented the findings to the Town Council and a packed house of concerned citizens, the overwhelming majority of whom wanted the hospital not to be shut down. [MORE]


NOTE: Vidant Health declined our request for an interview, and declined our offer to issue a written statement
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Moral March on Raleigh Reaches Higher Ground

Of the tens of thousands of people who attended the Feb. 8, 2014 Moral March on Raleigh, who had the most fun? Vote in the comments below. Our nominees:

A. Rev. Barber
B. Doctor in lab coat
C. Woman singing on stage
D. Bouncing lady in red scarf
E. Man in pink hat

VIDEO BY: Emily Frachtling, Rhett Rebold, Eric Byler, Annabel Park

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Family Values: Conservatives Question Education Cuts in North Carolina

More info: http://www.storyofamerica.org/nc-conservatives 

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Battle in Belhaven: Health Care Conflict Boils Over as Mayor Is Barred From Crucial Meeting

Feb. 25, 2014 - Belhaven, NC | Vidant Health, a system of hospitals serving 29 counties in North Carolina's "Black Belt," announced six months ago that it would be closing the Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven, NC, which they had purchased two years earlier.When they obtained the hospital from Pungo Creek, LLC, Vidant Health signed a contract promising that the hospital would remain open, and promising to improve services. 

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Women speak up; 101 arrested in North Carolina

http://www.storyofamerica.org Moral Monday crowd rallies for women's rights; more than 100 arrested

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Republicans, NAACP join forces to prevent 'medical desert' in coastal NC

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Rural Republicans team with North Carolina NAACP to try to save rural hospital. US Dept. of Justice rules hospital corporation Vidant Health must go to arbitration before closing hospital, per Civil Rights Act complaint

 

By Eric Byler · April 04, 2014


What you are looking at here is a "coming together," as Rev. Dr. William Barber likes to put it, of black and white, conservative Republicans and the historically progressive NAACP, and, an immensely powerful corporation agreeing to work together with some of the poorest, least powerful people in our country.


If there were at times you didn't believe this was possible, don't feel bad. I didn't. As I filmed the March 25 prayer vigil, I remember feeling deep compassion, almost pity for these people in a hopeless situation. "Prayer changes things," the Deacon said, and the Mayor nodded his head. The sun was setting. It was the hospital's darkest hour — just a week before it was scheduled to be closed and then demolished.

 

But a dawn awaited just beyond the horizon, and this time, it brought with it incredible news. The next day, a settlement was announced (see below), and it was made official in the signing ceremony you see in the photo above: Dr. David Herman, president and CEO of Vidant Health, Inc, signs the agreement mediated by the US Dept. of Justice at the request of the North Carolina NAACP to keep Vidant Pungo Hospital open.


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Sun shines on #MoralMarch as massive crowd sings "We Shall Overcome"

The emergence of the sun from behind cloud cover for the first time on Feb. 8, 2014 was taken as a sign by many from the faith community, and inspired an emotional moment for most of the tens of thousands who attended the Moral March on Raleigh. The freedom song "We Shall Overcome" had just shifted into "we are not afraid" as the day's first sunlight pushed through the clouds.

VIDEO BY: Emily Frachtling, Rhett Rebold, Eric Byler, Annabel Park

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:51 AM

This is about the new restrictive voting policy in North Carolina and the Moral Monday push back from thousands of NC citizens there that has been occurring for months on Mondays. Money in politics is behind the push to find ways to take the voters out of the vote. We voters are the Wild Card that could undermine the influence of money in politics and policy shaping.


Restrictive voting mandates have been pushed in a growing numbers of states. One must ask how does shortening early voting and Sunday voting and other types of changes prevent voter fraud which really has not even been demonstrated  anyway? It just prevents many from voting.


The proven fraud only occurred in registration to any noticeable degree because people were paid by the numbers they registered. Mickey Mouse and the dead people they registered did not actually show up to vote. Had they have shown up I'm sure someone would have noticed. Some might add that deleting voters in Florida and counting chads may have been the last seriously potential voting fraud and having voters photo IDs really would not have prevented that. Others might say the MItt Romney's son owning the voting machines could have also posed more serious risk of voter fraud then recruiting lots of people to physically walk into voting booths and personally lie about who they are, so that they might wait in line over and over and do that multiple times on the same few days or weeks. Think about it...How much would you have to pay people to do that?

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Moral Monday Begins: Historians Join Clergy in Civil Disobedience Protests

http://www.storyofamerica.org/historians_arrested If the North Carolina General Assembly is concerned about its place in history, it looks like they've got s...
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Interview w/ NC Rep. David Lewis Following Historic Vote on HB 589

Rep. David Lewis (R-Hartnett) talks to Annabel Park and Eric Byler of Story of America moments after the historic vote on HB 589, which changed election laws in North Carolina.

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The Moral Lens of Justice — Rev. Barber's most compelling 7 minutes to date

http://www.storyofamerica.org/barber-7 Excerpt from Rev. Dr. William Barber's speech at Binkley Baptist Church in Durham, NC 

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Conflict as medical desert emerges in coastal North Carolina

Feb. 25, 2014 - Belhaven, NC — Vidant Health, a system of hospitals serving 29 counties in North Carolina's "Black Belt," announced six months ago that it would be closing the Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven, NC, which they had purchased two years earlier.

save-our-hospital-sm.jpgWhen they obtained the hospital from Pantego Creek, LLC, Vidant Health signed a contract promising that the hospital would remain open, promising to improve services. The original purpose of this meeting was to hear a proposal from Rural Community Hospitals of America (RCHA), contradicting Vidant Health's claim that the hospital cannot be run more efficiently, and offering to do so, as RCHA has done in more than 200 small towns across the country. For this to happen, Pantego Creek, LLC would have to take action to reacquire the hospital (presumably through legal action over breach of contract).

On January 8, 2014, Belhaven's Mayor Adam O'Neal had asked the Town Council to approve funds that would allow RCHA to conduct the in-depth study of Vidant Pungo Hospital's prospects and financial outlook. On Feb. 24, RCHA presented the findings to the Town Council and a packed house of concerned citizens, the overwhelming majority of whom wanted the hospital not to be shut down.

More: http://www.storyofamerica.org/belhaven1

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