A mayor fights to save a small-town hospital: ‘It’s life or death’

(By Max Blau for STAT)

Mayor Adam O’Neal wants his hospital back.

He was born in Pungo District Hospital in the sleepy town of Belhaven, N.C. Decades later, as mayor of Belhaven, he counted on the hospital to provide not just health care, but scores of jobs. In his rural stretch of coastal North Carolina — beautiful but isolated, with a painfully high poverty rate — he saw Pungo as the “heartbeat” of the community. Continue reading article here…

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