Ron Paulus

A Done Deal: How Mission Health Wooed HCA

Oct 20, 2020

The news stunned Asheville and Western North Carolina, where Mission Health System Inc. was the area’s largest employer, its main healthcare provider, and a long-time source of civic pride. Seemingly out of the blue, Mission’s directors publicly announced on March 21, 2018, that they had voted to sell the 133-year-old nonprofit to HCA Healthcare, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, for an estimated $1.5 billion.

*Updated 5:23 am 12/25/15 - Mission Health President and CEO Ron Paulus offered an explanation for the group's actions in a story in the Asheville Citizen-Times and an interview with television station WLOS.  WLOS provided WCQS with audio of the interview, which we have pos