Federal judge rules in favor of county over Yadkin Valley Community Hospital shut down

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YADKINVILLE, N.C. — A federal judge has ruled in favor of Yadkin County in their complaint against CAH Acquisition Company 10 LLC over the closing of the Yadkin Valley Community Hospital.

This comes more than three weeks after the Yadkin Valley Community Hospital was shut down on May 22, more than two months before the county says CAH Acquisition Company 10 was contractually obligated to continue operating the hospital.

The county originally filed a lawsuit against the company, which was set to be heard in Wake County District Court. Yadkin County says CAH Acquisition Company 10 then requested to have the case moved to federal court.

After a lengthy hearing, Judge Terrence Boyle ruled in U.S. District Court in Edenton that CAH Acquisition Company 10 was found to be in civil contempt and willful and knowing violation of the temporary restraining order, according to Yadkin County.

CAH Acquisition Company 10 will be given an opportunity to purge their contempt by keeping open opportunities for patients to obtain their medical records and returning county property as required by law, the county said.

The county said they will be awarded damages and were ordered to provide to the court proof of damages caused by CAH Acquisition Company 10’s actions from the time of the violation of the restraining order through the time of reopening, as well as a plan to reopen or re-establish the hospital as soon as possible.

“We are extremely pleased for the citizens of Yadkin County that the court ruling will enable the county to move forward to returning health care for our citizens,” County Commissioner Chairman Kevin Austin said.