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Independent Monitor Of HCA Announces Public Meetings In 6 WNC Counties

Lilly Knoepp
Gibbins Advisors will host two meetings in Macon County - one focused on Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and another focused on Angel Medical Center.

The independent monitor chosen to oversee HCA Healthcare’s operation of the Mission Health system has scheduled informational sessions across Western North Carolina.  Gibbins Advisors was named the independent monitor atthe end of October. Their role as independent monitor was a stipulation of Mission Health’s $1.5 billion sale to the for-profit hospital. The company is tasked with overseeing HCA’s compliance with the obligations it agreed to when it purchased Mission.  

 The firm will host meetings in Jackson, Transylvania, Buncombe, McDowell and Mitchell counties, as well as two meetings in Macon County. 

These meetings were promised by NC Attorney General Josh Stein as part of the monitor’s role. 

 “To be successful, the monitor must take the time to engage with communities in Western North Carolina. Specifically, I am looking forward to hearing about town hall meetings and other opportunities for the monitor to hear directly from the people who are impacted by HCA’s health care decisions,”says Stein in a press release.  

All events are open to the public, and no invitation is necessary. Members of any community are welcome to attend the meeting(s) of their choosing. Meetings will have limited seating and attendees will be welcomed first come, first serve. Doors will open 30 minutes before each event. General Inquiries can be directed to inquiry@missionhealthim.com

Here are all of the events: 

Cashiers Meeting (Highlands-Cashiers Hospital)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 / 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center

355 Frank Allen Rd, Cashiers, NC 28717


Highlands Meeting (Highlands-Cashiers Hospital)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 / 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Highlands Civic Center Meeting Room

600 N 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741


Macon County Meeting (Angel Medical Center)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 / 11:30am to 1:00pm

Robert C. Carpenter Room, Macon County Community Facilities Building

1288 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734 


Buncombe County Meeting (Mission Hospital)

Monday, February 10, 2020 / 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Blue Ridge Room, Mountain Area Health Education Center

121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803


Transylvania County Meeting (Transylvania Regional Hospital)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County (UUTC)

24 Varsity St, Brevard, NC 28712


McDowell County Meeting (Mission Hospital McDowell)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 / 11:30am to 1:00pm

Marion Community Building

191 N Main St, Marion, NC 28752


Mitchell County Meeting (Blue Ridge Regional Hospital)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 / 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Auditorium, Burnsville Town Center

6 S Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714


Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.
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