Week of August 11–17, 2018

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Biltmore Beacon
REPORTER:  Shelby Harrell
SUBJECT:  Healthy Leaders Come to Asheville for Healthy Eating in Practice Conference 

SUMMARY:  Healthy Eating in Practice is a hands-on conference for healthcare professionals and advocates, focused on changing the culture of healthcare to better support healthy eating behaviors, particularly in children and families, and prevent chronic diet-related diseases...Local health and nutrition leaders who will be presenting at the conference include Garth Davis, M.D., who is the new medical director of Mission Hospital Weight Management Center. Having spent 17 years in the field of surgical and medical weight management, Dr. Davis is a recognized expert in initial bariatric procedures as well as revisional bariatric surgery.“If we are going to teach that food is medicine, as health care providers, we should be great examples to our patients,” says Dr. Davis about his passion for the issue and the conference.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Asheville Citizen-Times
REPORTER:  Mark Barrett
SUBJECT:  Would a for-profit Mission be efficient-or ruthless?

SUMMARY: The idea that Mission Health might realize economies of scale if sold to industry titan HCA Healthcare makes sense to retired physician Dr. David Mouw. But Mouw nonetheless worries a transition from Mission' status as an independent nonprofit to being part of a Fortune 500, for-profit company could result in too much emphasis on making money and not enough on making people well. "I think the whole society is run so ruthlessly by corporations ... that it just scares you," he said. The effects of hospitals switching from nonprofit to for-profit in general also worries academics and people in the health care industry. There is no consensus nationally on whether for-profit institutions worsen or improve care, but it is clear there are downsides when a hospital or health system starts answering to shareholders instead of community members. Mission Health officials say a sale to HCA would protect important services for at least five years and require that the company offer to sell any money-losing services to other buyers. By making the system more efficient, HCA will safeguard the ability of what is now Mission Heath to serve Western North Carolina into the future, they say.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The McDowell News
SUBJECT:  Mission Health to speak at Tuesday's Alderman meeting

SUMMARY:  Old Fort’s Board of Aldermen will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall to discuss new business and hear presentations from local citizens. Carol Wolfenbarger with Mission Health McDowell will speak to the board before the public comment section. After public comments, Debra Millikan, David Blackwelder and Carol Price will talk about next year’s Gold Festival. At the June meeting, Blackwelder suggested Millikan should take over the operations of the festival. Price is the executive director of the McDowell County Tourism Authority. The board will then go over any old business and update the town on the revitalization grant before going into closed session. For more information about the meeting, call 668-4244


Monday, August 13, 2018

WEBSITE: northcarolinahealthnews.org
REPORTER:  Taylor Knopf
SUBJECT: N.C.'s First Child Crisis Centers Open in Charlotte and Asheville 

SUMMARY:  Gwen Bartley has spent countless hours in emergency departments and at behavioral health centers around the state desperately trying to get her son help during crisis situations. He was 4 when she adopted him from foster care and out of an abusive past. On top of the childhood trauma, her boy was diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder and a developmental disability. “So we had the trifecta of ‘What could go wrong has gone wrong,’” said Bartley, who lives in Concord and founded Amazing Grace Advocacy to help children like her son. When she heard the first youth mental health crisis center in the state was opening in Charlotte, she said it “felt like an answer to prayers.”...Asheville’s Mission hospital averaged 153 child crisis visits per month in 2017, according to data collected by Pathways by Molina, which manages the new Asheville child crisis center.“The child crisis data that has been collected over the past couple years indicates that there’s more children that go into crisis than the system can support,” said Carson Ojamaa, Pathways’ interim state director.


Monday, August 13, 2018

WEBSITE: healthleadersmedia.com
REPORTER:  Gregory Freeman
SUBJECT: Billion-Dollar Deals Lead First-Quarter Healthcare M&A

SUMMARY:  Mergers and acquisitions are up in 2018 over the same period in 2017, with three deals involving systems that have more than $1 billion in revenue, according to an analysis by Kaufman Hall, a healthcare consulting and software provider. There were 30 partnership transactions in the first quarter of 2018, which is an 11% increase over 2017's first quarter. In addition to the three $1 billion-plus deals, there were four that included systems with revenue bases of $500 million to $1 billion partnering with even bigger organizations...HCA Healthcare is acquiring Mission Health, a seven-hospital system based in Asheville, N.C. The report notes that HCA's deal with not-for-profit Mission Health advances the for-profit corporation's acquisition strategy at a time when other for-profit healthcare organizations have been trimming their portfolios. Community Health Systems announced divestiture of six hospitals in the first quarter of 2018.


Monday, August 13, 2018

PUBLICATION: The Transylvania Times
REPORTER:  Matt McGregor
SUBJECT: Officials Ponder HCA Deal- Brevard NC

SUMMARY:  The potential impacts of the Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) possible purchase of Mission Health on rural communities were discussed in a recent Facebook Live forum. This is the second part of the question and answer forum, the first of which appeared in Thursday’s issue. Karen Vernon, commun-ications director at Mission Health, moderated the forum, and fielded questions based on the panelists’ recent visit to other HCA-owned hospital systems, such as TriStar Health, TriStar Ashland City Medical Center, TriStar Centennial Medical Center and TriStar Horizon Medical Center in Tennessee...“When I talked to the chief nurse executive, she said they had to be in that difficult position in terminating certain programs because there was such little volume that they needed to close,” Guyette said. “We did note that, at the TriStar Horizon hospital, they had a very robust OB GYN program, and they are growing in it.”In March of 2015, Transylvania County Regional Hospital closed its birthing center but continues to provide OB GYN care.“I think it’s important to say that this isn’t just us,” Veron said. “It’s something that’s happening really across the country.”


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WEBSITE: health.usnews.com
REPORTER:  Ben Harder
SUBJECT: 29 Hospitals With Top Ratings

SUMMARY:  AS PART OF THE Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals for their handling of two chronic conditions – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure – and seven surgical procedures: colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. In each procedure and condition in which a hospital had treated enough patients to be evaluated, the hospital received a rating of high performing, average or below average. The ratings are designed to help patients and health care consumers make informed decisions about where to receive care for specific medical needs.More than 1,100 hospitals earned at least one top rating of "high performing." But only the 29 standouts listed below, less than 1 percent of the hospitals evaluated, got the top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. (The 18 hospitals in blue were also high performing in all nine procedures and conditions last year.)


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WEBSITE: citizen-times.com
REPORTER:  Dillon Davis
SUBJECT: Park Ridge Health to become AdventHealth Hendersonville in 2019 

SUMMARY:  Park Ridge Health will change its name to AdventHealth Hendersonville in early 2019, a move the hospital group said Tuesday marks a shift in the strategy of its parent organization. The decision comes as its parent company, Adventist Health System, has begun rebranding as AdventHealth. Adventist, one of the country's largest faith-based health care systems, said the move is about being "one consumer-centric, connected and identifiable national system of care" for patients...Asheville's Mission Health is exploring the possibility of being acquired by the Nashville-based for-profit hospital chain HCA Healthcare Inc. It would mark a major changing of the guard for the not-for-profit system, joining HCA which operates 178 hospitals and 1,800 sites of care in 20 states and the United Kingdom.  The deal also will spawn Dogwood Health Trust, a successor foundation expected to address social determinants of health in the region.  Mission officials have said they hope to have a final sale agreement with HCA in mid-August.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WEBSITE: mountainx.com
SUBJECT: Mission Health issues a call for WNC artists 

SUMMARY:  Mission Health, in partnership with EL Design Studios & Gallery VI, is recruiting all artists, galleries and art organizations for work that may be considered for purchase and display at the new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine. Artists are invited to submit both 2D and 3D work, with an emphasis on nature and/or culture inspired art. Artwork can be readily available for purchase or an artist may be open to possible commissions. Purchases will be chosen by a Steering Committee, a panel of Mission leadership, who are charged with selecting pieces that reflect the unique art community and culture of the region. This call is open to all artists residing in the following western North Carolina counties: Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey, Watauga...The new 12-story Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine in Asheville will create a significantly expanded state-of-the-art emergency department with 97 beds, consolidated operating, pre-operative and recovery space along with interventional cardiology and radiology space that allows for true multidisciplinary, team-based interventional care with the very latest technology. Importantly, the facility was designed to embrace patients and families throughout the care process including sleep-in-rooms- and a unique energy efficiency focus and design that will set a new standard for future innovation. The new tower is set to open in the fall of 2019.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PUBLICATION: The Herald News
REPORTER:  John Murawski
SUBJECT: Here are NC's best hospitals. Only one makes the national Honor Roll. 

SUMMARY:  Duke University Hospital has again emerged as the top hospital in North Carolina for complex medical conditions, and one of only two in the Southeast in the national top 20, according to the latest national hospital ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The Triangle is the only region of the state with two top-rated hospitals. UNC Hospitals in Chapel ranked third in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report, after second-ranked Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.All three are flagship hospitals within prestigious medical schools and part of large networks with regional hospitals, medical practices and diagnostic labs. U.S. News said the other top hospitals in North Carolina for treating complex medical conditions are: Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Mission Hospital in Asheville, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro and FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.