Contempt hearing to proceed in hospital case

The legal battle continues over the recently closed Yadkin Valley Community Hospital. A contempt hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Federal Court at the Chowan County Courthouse in Edenton. County officials are expected to be present at the hearing.

The county is pursuing legal action against former hospital operator HMC, hoping they will be found in contempt of court after the group defied a temporary restraining order requiring them to continue operating the hospital.

Over the past several months the county had been working to find a new company to operate a hospital in the county-owned building. HMC’s lease was set to expire on July 31, but the company shut down the hospital on May 22 despite a court order.

The original restraining order was filed in Wake County Superior Court but on June 1, HMC filed a motion to move the case to Federal Court due to the fact that their company is not headquartered in the state of North Carolina.

On June 5, the contempt hearing was scheduled for June 16. Last Thursday HMC filed a motion to delay the hearing, but a judge ruled on Monday morning that the hearing would take place as scheduled.

All court documents related to the case can be found on the county website at

The county is still in discussion with Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital to potentially take over operation of the hospital in the future.

The Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board will hold information sessions for the employees affected by the hospital closure on June 24 and 25 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sessions will take place in room 217 at The Yadkin Center, located at 4649 US 601 in Yadkinville. Each session is two hours in length and will cover topics such as unemployment benefits, local job search assistance, etc. Employees affected by the hospital closure are asked to RSVP no later than June 22 by calling or texting 336-749-4570, by calling the Piedmont Triad Regional Council at 336-904-0300 ext. 4006 or emailing

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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