Mission Statement:

To promote safe, quality, affordable, local healthcare for the people of Mitchell and Yancey Counties.

Organizational Goals:

  1. To preserve, strengthen, and expand access to essential medical services in our area.
  2. To engage in conversations about community health in which all voices are heard.
  3. To empower greater involvement by local residents in decisions affecting our healthcare.
  4. To monitor and communicate the effects of changes in local healthcare services and engage with providers as issues arise.


We invite everyone to get involved

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, August 14th at 7p.m. 


1st Baptist Church in Burnsville

For all meetings and related events:  Visit Here
If you are looking for articles/information about Mission and HCA: Visit Here


Questions? Concerns? Looking for information?
Perhaps you have a story to share.

Consider what services you want your hospital to provide and help determine how these services can be supported.

We want to hear from you.
Thank you!


P.O. Box 51
Burnsville, NC 28714

General:  searchwnc (at) gmail.com

HCA/Mission Acquisition

Below you will find links from various sources specifically about the proposed HCA/Mission Acquisition, announced on March 21, 2018.  Articles are organized alphabetically by source, then by date.

The original announcement is available here: Mission Health Announcement

Additionally, Mission Health has set up a website devoted to the topic of the acquisition, Mission Health Forward .  The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of that site has a lot of answers about the transaction.  If the question you’re interested in is not addressed, you can submit your own question on the FAQ page.

( For articles on Rural Healthcare and the closing of L&D at BRRH, please visit here )

Asheville Citizen Times


Business NC

Facebook Live broadcasts

  • 2018.06.12 Transforming Health and Wellness in Our Community – The video link below the photograph will take you to a one hour and 2 minute video of a Mission Health leadership team discussing the foundation that will be created from the proceeds of the sale to HCA, which they call the “successor foundation”.  Participants from left to right below are Ron Paulus (President and CEO), Susan Mims, MD, MPH (VP and Chief of Pediatrics), Sonya Greck, MSN, RN (Senior Vice President), and Lakesha Day (Director of Diversity and Inclusion)
  • 2018.05.08 Answering your questions about Mission Health and HCA – The video link below the photograph is a one hour and 15 minute video of Mission leadership answering questions about the acquisition from the public via a Facebook Live broadcast.  Participants from left to right below are Dr. John Garret (Vice Chair of Mission Health Board of Directors), KarenVernon, Dr. Ron Paulus (President and CEO), and Dr. John Ball (Chair of the Mission Health Board of Directors).

All the panel

Haywood County, NC – sale to for-profit Duke LifePoint and resulting Foundation

Kansas City Star

Macon County News

Mitchell News Journal

Mountain Express

New York Times


Savannah, GA – Chatham County Hospital’s acquisition by HCA

Transylvania Times

Washington Post

WLOS – News 13 (Asheville’s TV station)