North Carolina

Deal reached on picks to Vidant Medical Center board

The respective sides in a dispute over who chooses members of a board at a North Carolina medical hospital have reached an agreement.

News sources report the UNC System, East Carolina University, Pitt County and Vidant Health announced a settlement on Wednesday, ending a legal battle over the board of Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Originally, Pitt County appointed 11 members to the county-owned hospital and the UNC board appointed the other nine, following creation of the Brody School of Medicine in 1975. In April, a change eliminated the UNC appointments and gave them to Vidant.

Under the agreement, ECU's chancellor and the medical school dean will fill two of nine seats appointed by the UNC board. The remaining seven seats will be nominated by the hospital board's nominating committee.