Regional Positions on Sale

2018.12.04 – This update was just released from Attorney General Josh Stein, entitled “ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH STEIN: I WILL FIGHT TO PROTECT HEALTHCARE IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA”.  Read it at this link.

Mission Health announced on March 21, 2018, that they had signed a Letter of Intent to enter into exclusive discussions to join HCA Healthcare of Nashville, TN.  The history since that announcement is detailed in links and media articles in the HCA/Mission Acquisition tab under Media Links here.

SEARCH encourages all citizens to review the Asset Purchase Agreement, which is now available here.  If you have an opinion you would like to share with the Attorney General or his representative, see Susan Larson’s letter to the editor here for instructions on how to do so.

A coalition of WNC citizens and organizations interested in the Mission/HCA sale has written a position paper on the transaction which was delivered to Special Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Harrod on Oct. 26, 2018.  You can download and read it here.

In early September 2018 SEARCH created a Position Paper on the Conflicts of Interest within the proposed Dogwood Health Trust Board.  Read that Position Paper here.

Below are various resolutions written by various organizations stating their position on the sale.  SEARCH’s original resolution is now at the bottom of the list, most recent ones are at the top.


On Dec. 13, 2018, the Town Council of Spruce Pine adopted a resolution on the sale of Mission Health Systems to HCA, the formation of the Dogwood Health Trust, and the future of the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation.  Read it here: Town Council of Spruce Pine Resolution


During the week of Nov. 26, 2018, members of the Town Council of Bakersville passed a resolution on the sale of Mission Health Systems, Inc. to Hospital Corporation of America.  Read it here:  Town of Bakersville Resolution


On Nov. 13, 2018, the Yancey County Economic Development Commission adopted a Resolution Concerning the Proposed Sale of Mission Health System, Inc., to Hospital Corporation of America, Inc.  Read it here: Yancey EDC Resolution – Mission-HCA Merger.


On October 2, 2018, the Board of Commissioners of Mitchell County passed a resolution on the sale of Mission Health System to HCA.  


Read Mitchell County’s full resolution here.


On September 27, 2018, the Town Board of Highlands, North Carolina, passed a Resolution with regard to the possible sale of Mission to HCA.  Read it here.


On September 19, 2018, Bob Scott (Mayor of Franklin, NC) wrote a Guest Column in the Smokey Mountain News expressing his concerns about the sale.  Read it here.


On September 6, 2018, the Governing Board of the Town of Burnsville adopted a Resolution concerning the sale that you can view below or download here.

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On August 14, 2018, at a general meeting of SEARCH a Resolution was created to document the conditions that would be necessary for SEARCH to support the sale. 



Mission’s stated goal is essentially the same as SEARCH’s – to improve the health and lives of the people in the region.  SEARCH will support the proposed sale of Mission to HCA when the following conditions are met.

  1. Make the sales agreement available for public review (for example, on a website) in sufficient time to ensure that public comments can be made and input will be meaningful in the Attorney General’s approval process.
  2. Specify in the sales agreement that if, after the protected period ends, HCA or a successor owner decides to stop operating Blue Ridge Regional Hospital as an Acute Care Hospital, the hospital must be returned to the community at no cost.
  3. Make the Dogwood Health Trust board independent of both Mission and HCA and broadly representative of the region and the people it will serve by dissolving the current board and hiring at Mission’s expense, an independent firm, selected by the Attorney General, to consult with the community and compose the first permanent board.

Download SEARCH’s Resolution here.