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Vidant faces lawsuit over hospital closing

By Wes Goforth
Published On: Jan 07 2014 08:18:10 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 07 2014 08:41:17 PM CST
BELHAVEN -

The Town of Belhaven and the NAACP are suing the Vidant Hospital System over the closing of Vidant Pungo Hospital.

The group alleges that by closing the hospital, Vidant is discriminating against poor people and minorities.

Dr. William Barber with the NAACP says under the civil rights act of 1964, such a complaint could cost the hospital federal funds if it is found to be in violation.