The UNC System, East Carolina University, Pitt County Government, and Vidant Health announced on Wednesday an agreement has been reached in a pending lawsuit.
In May, the UNC System and ECU filed the lawsuit after Vidant and Pitt County eliminated the UNC system’s nine appointments to the 20 members Vidant Health Medical Center Board of Trustees.
In the agreement, the dean of the ECU Brody School of Medicine and the chancellor of ECU will fill two of the nine seats, and Vidant trustees will nominate the remaining seven seats, with approval by the UNC System Board of Governors. According to a news release from the UNC system, the agreement calls for Vidant's CEO to serve as a liaison to the ECU board of trustees' health sciences committee. The agreement also stipulates that an assessment be made of the financial relationship between the medical school and Vidant.