Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven, NC
The Walk NC to DC
WE NEED YOU ON "THE WALK NC TO DC"
Walk with us to Washington, DC to save rural hospitals in America. For more information visit www.thewalknctodc.com.
People from across the country will participate in a 14 day march from Belhaven, NC to the nation's capital. To register as a walker, click HERE. The cost to be a 14 day walker will be $1950.00 per person. This will cover hotel rooms for each night and bus transportation along the walk. Airfare to North Carolina and back home will be at the expense of the walker and all meals will be at the expense of the walker.
Rural hospitals are facing the greatest challenge to their existence in the history of our country. In the next year, 283 rural hospitals face the uncertainty of possible closure. It is time to act. We are asking rural hospitals from all over the country to send a representative to our June 1st, 2015 walk from Belhaven, North Carolina to Washington DC to petition Congress to pass measures to ensure rural hospitals sustainability.
In July 2014, we saw the closure of our critical access hospital in Belhaven, North Carolina. After the closure, everyone seemed to think all hope was lost for our healthcare and the economic future in our town. With the assistance of Reverend William Barber, President of North Carolina NAACP and Al McSurely, Civic Rights Attorney, we began a walk to Washington, DC. We received national media coverage on our walk and a White House sponsored meeting with key people in Washington to help us begin the process of reopening our hospital. This walk was solely responsible for keeping hope alive in our small town.
Now it is time for America to stand up and demand that Washington DC work on our rural hospital crisis. Our rural hospitals are just as important as any urban medical centers. We feed America and deserve to keep our current level of healthcare. When hospitals close, emergency rooms close and that means needless deaths -- our children, family members and neighbors. We have to stand up for ourselves and THE WALK will get Washington’s and the nation's attention.
THE WALK starts a national debate about the condition of rural hospitals today. Horrific damage is done to communities who lose a hospital. The potential closure in 2015 of 283 hospitals means 36,000 lost healthcare jobs, 50,000 community jobs lost, 10.6 billion in lost GDP in rural areas. Also, if you have just 10 needless deaths per closed hospital per year that means 2830 needless deaths of Americans each year. This would be equivalent to a 9/11 attack happening year after year.
Belhaven, NC 27810
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