The Privatization Of Healthcare In Western North Carolina

Aug 24, 2018

The sale of not-for-profit community hospital system Mission Health to a national health care titan is underway in Western North Carolina.

In July, the system’s board of directors launched regional non-profit foundation Dogwood Health Trust to serve as a resource for the community as Hospital Corporation of America takes over. This move was seen by some as a positive consequence of the sale, but a recent announcement about the trust’s leadership team is drumming up some controversy. The majority of the board members who have been announced so far are from Buncombe County, which taps into rural communities’ fears that money in the trust will not be fairly distributed.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Lilly Knoepp, a reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio, about the latest news in Mission Health’s sale and another hospital system for sale in the region.