Franklin County picks Duke LifePoint to operate its medical center

The News & Observer | October 25, 2016

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's only hospital has been closed for a year, but it could reopen by next summer, officials said.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners decided unanimously Monday to accept a proposal from Duke LifePoint to operate a freestanding emergency department and operate beds for mental health patients in the former Franklin Medical Center.

"Our goal is for both the behavioral health service and the emergency department be operational within the first year," said Bert Beard, CEO of the Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson. [...]