County leaders OK plan that could bring hospital back to Franklin County

WNCN | October 24, 2016

LOUISBURG, N.C. (WNCN) -- A major step forward took place on Monday night in the push to bring hospital services back to Franklin County.

The county's only hospital closed last year, which left the closest emergency room 21 miles further away.

The lack of a hospital in Franklin County is increasing the time of emergency calls from 45 minutes to two to three hours.

A year ago, Novant Health announced it was closing Franklin Medical Center. It gave its 140 employees there and the community just 10 days notice.

But, Monday night county commissioners voted to start negotiations with Duke Lifepoint to take over the old Franklin Medical Center. [...]