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Will Mission-HCA deal speed closure or rural WNC hospitals - citizen-times.com

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Today, people in communities served by those three hospitals, the most rural in the Mission Health system, are watching anxiously to see whether Mission's proposed sale to HCA Healthcare will help keep the three institutions alive or remove them from life support... For the most part, HCA "doesn't do" rural hospitals, says Jean Hunt, a Burnsville resident who has been keeping a close eye on the Mission-HCA deal...A Mission official says all five of the system's hospitals outside Buncombe County — a list that also includes somewhat larger hospitals in Brevard and Marion — were in "economic distress" before becoming part of Mission Health...A group with concerns over health care issues in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties — the primary service area for Blue Ridge Hospital — has drawn up a list of what they regard as essential health care services and is pushing for guarantees they will be preserved. The group, called SEARCH, has not taken a position on whether it favors or opposes the sale.

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