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The Privatization Of Healthcare In Western North Carolina

Angel Medical Center
Courtesy of Lilly Knoepp
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Blue Ridge Public Radio
Angel Medical Center in the town of Franklin in Macon County. It’s one of the regional hospitals owned by Mission that would be a part of the HCA sale. ";

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.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.