Release date: 12/4/2018
(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today released the following information related to his ongoing review of HCA’s purchase of Mission Hospital:
“Since July, my office has been hard at work requesting and reviewing information from Mission and HCA, which has been provided on a rolling basis. I have also heard from hundreds of people who have contacted me – including nearly 200 letters and emails from people in western North Carolina. In fact, in the last three months my office has received more letters and emails about this proposed sale than any other topic.
“My review focuses on three main issues. First, the people of western North Carolina deserve greater certainty about HCA’s commitments to continue to provide needed healthcare at Mission Hospital – and especially – the other five rural hospitals in the system. Second, the people’s longtime and substantial investment in the healthcare system must be fully preserved in the Dogwood Health Trust, the new foundation. Third, the board of the Dogwood Health Trust should represent the full diversity of western North Carolina and remain connected to the public. “I will continue to get answers and work with the parties involved. I want to ensure that there are substantial protections for healthcare in western North Carolina, that Mission’s assets continue to be used for a public purpose, and that the Dogwood Health Trust is independent and representative.”
Under statute, the Attorney General has the right to review any transaction in which a nonprofit corporation sells substantially all of its assets. The Attorney General has dedicated substantial time and resources in carrying out this responsibility regarding Mission Health System’s sale.
Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484