System spokesman Josh Ellis says in a statement that attorneys for the system filed documents in Orange County Superior Court on Monday seeking to temporarily halt Vidant Medical Center and return the selection process to its former status.
Originally, Pitt County appointed 11 members to the county-owned hospital and the UNC Board of Governors 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.
Ellis said Vidant was asked to refrain from the change, but refused.
WITN-TV in Greenville reports Pitt County declined comment because it just learned of the action.
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