Carolina Journal‘s Kari Travis reports:

Vidant Medical Center in Greenville has blocked the University of North Carolina Board of Governors from appointing any more members to the hospital’s board.

The move blindsided the BOG.

VMC holds a close relationship with East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine, serving as the school’s academic teaching hospital. The center is one of eight hospitals that make up Vidant Health, a nonprofit system that serves 29 counties in Eastern North Carolina.

In 1975, the UNC BOG and ECU made an affiliation agreement with Pitt County Memorial Hospital. (In 1998, PCMH changed from a public hospital to a private, nonprofit hospital and was renamed Vidant Medical Center. The agreement between UNC, ECU, and the hospital remained in effect.) As part of that agreement, which was renewed in 2013, the UNC BOG had appointment power over nine members of the hospital’s 20-person board.

Not any more, according to records obtained by Carolina Journal.

More details here.