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City Council To Ask HCA For Meeting – Brevard, NC


Last updated 2/19/2020 at 4:09pm

Brevard City Council will request a face-to-face with HCA, the owners of Mission Health, which includes Transylvania Regional Hospital, as well as the Dogwood Health Trust (DHT).

During the council’s regular meeting Monday, Councilwoman Maureen Copelof initiated the move to send a letter requesting the meetings.

After attending the previously reported meeting at the Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County, where the health care consulting firm Gibbins Advisors fielded comments and questions in relation to HCA’s recent acquisition of the Mission Health System, Copelof said she “was in shock.”

“We, as City Council, need to do something,” Copelof said. “We need to take some action and look into this because we had citizens at that town hall meeting literally in tears.”

Billing problems, reduction in staffing, volunteers and quality of service, and confusion over whether the Transitional Care Unit were closed, were among issues brought up at the meeting.

“I think it’s time that we ask Dogwood Health Trust and HCA to come out here at a level of seniority that is capable of addressing exactly what is happening in our community, and how exactly they are living up to all of those promises that they made to us over the last two years of all those meetings we attended with them,” Copelof said. “I am strongly supporting your sending out this letter, and I would also encourage reaching out to the county to see if they would follow with a letter of their own because I just think it’s a shame when our citizens are subjected to such frustration, and they really have nowhere to turn except to their local government.”

Councilman Maurice Jones said he had written a statement published in the Asheville Citizen Times in favor of the HCA’s $1.5 billion purchase of Mission based on the “promises that were made,” but that he now feels “personally hurt by what transpired.”

“Have you ever gone out and bought a car and the salesman tells you it’s the best used car you can get off the lot, and you get it off the lot and not a week later the things not running? That’s how I feel,” he said. “So, I’m strongly in favor of this letter because I would like to look these representatives in the eye and get some answers.”

More from the meeting will appear in Monday’s paper.


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