Following months of legal drama between Yadkin County and the former hospital operating company, a judge has designated the specific amount that the group will have to pay the county. The company closed down the hospital in May, defying a temporary restraining order applied for by the county in an attempt to keep the hospital open through the end July.
U. S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle in the Eastern District of North Carolina found the former Yadkin Valley Community Hospital operator to be in contempt of Court in a June 16, 2015, hearing. On Tuesday, Judge Boyle entered an order against CAH Acquisition Company 10, LLC; HMC/CAH Consolidated, Inc.; and Rural Community Hospitals of America, LLC for them to pay jointly and/or severally the sum of $36,079.96 in costs and $112,011.70 in attorneys fees to Yadkin County as a compensatory penalty for the civil contempt of these companies relating to their knowing violation of a Temporary Restraining Order entered by the Wake County Superior Court on May 22, 2015.
Yadkin County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kevin Austin said, “We are very pleased with the court’s decision awarding these damages to the county. This means that the citizens of the county will not have to bear the costs of a significant portion of this litigation against the illegal actions of the former hospital operator. We look forward to seeing all of these problems far behind us in the rear view mirror as the county moves toward a much improved healthcare system for our people.”