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East Carolina and Vidant are engaging two external consultant groups to help explore the possibility of a budget neutral benefit structure and pension/retirement plans for employees of the new entity.

The committee is proceeding with the following timeline for recommendation, approval and communication of benefit and retirement plan options for employees of the new entity:

• October - December 2016: Receive and analyze reports from external consultants
• January 2017: Provide recommendations to Enterprise Alignment Steering Team for review
• February 2017: Seek approval by appropriate governance • March - October 2017: Communication and meetings with employees about the benefit structure and pension/retirement plans for individuals moving to the new entity