Week of OCTOBER 6–12, 2018


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Saturday, October 6, 2018

WEBSITE:  modernhealthcare.com
REPORTER:  Aurora Aguilar
SUBJECT:  Q&A Past, Present, Future HCA CEOs discuss the company’s long-term success

SUMMARY: Over the past 50 years, HCA Healthcare has ridden the waves of a turbulent healthcare economy. It survived an intense investigation into Medicare fraud, which, by 2003, had the company ponying up $1.7 billion to the federal government. Today, the Nashville-based for-profit hospital company boasts healthy margins and satisfactory outcomes. Unlike many of its competitors, HCA has not strayed from its core service lines…We think we can create value in the right circumstances and that's how we approach it. We're very excited about the Mission Health acquisition, and we're hopeful that acquisition will transpire. Again, we think we can bring unique value to that system, which is doing a great job in meeting the needs of the Asheville, N.C., community.

 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

WEBSITE:  modernhealthcare.com
REPORTER:  Shelby Livingston
SUBJECT: HCA’s Success over 50 years banks on sticking with the basics

SUMMARY:  HCA Healthcare's recipe for success in a complex and technical industry is pretty simple. It comes down to size, deep pockets and unparalleled operational savvy…HCA's focus on booming markets where the population is growing, unemployment is low and thus, the demand for healthcare is rising—places like Houston, Nashville, Florida, and Ashville, N.C., where it recently struck a deal to acquire market leader Mission Health—have helped it grow admissions from paying customers even as other hospitals suffer from softer volumes.

 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

WEBSITE:  janaburson.wordpress.com
AUTHOR:  Jana Burson
SUBJECT: Update

SUMMARY:  I have an update to my blog of September 16. The patient, who was hospitalized with life-threatening endocarditis (infection of the heart valve), was finally granted the right to have visitors – about fourteen days into his hospital stay. Mission Hospital administrators gave no reason for the change of policy, but I have reason to believe they were feeling some heat from the many people advocating for the patient. Since this was the patient’s second admission for endocarditis, the chart said cardiovascular surgeons were not going to do a second heart surgery, per hospital policy, because the patient had continued to use drugs intravenously. The patient was told no other hospital would accept him in transfer because he had no insurance. The palliative care team was called in to manage his case, which appears to mean his physicians thought he was going to die without surgery.

 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The McDowell News
AUTHOR:  Carol Wolfenbarger, President, McDowell Hospital
SUBJECT: Raising awareness about suicide prevention

SUMMARY:  Everything came to a screech- ing standstill on that day in 1984, when my younger sister decided to take her own life. After all, we were close and had survived a myriad of trials in our young lives – together…As part of Mission Health’s relent- less focus on improving the health of our communities, this is one of our highest priorities across all of our care settings. Patients present- ing for care at Mission Hospital McDowell emergency department or in any of our Mission Community Medicine clinics are screened for potential risk for suicide. If the patient’s assessment indicates risk, additional resources will be provided as we strive to achieve a target of “Zero Suicide.”

 

Monday, October 8, 2018

WEBSITE:  ashevilledailyplanet.com
SUBJECT: Mission Health signs definitive agreement to be acquired by HCA

SUMMARY:  Mission Health’s Board of Directors announced in Asheville on Aug. 31 that Mission Health and HCA Healthcare have entered into a definitive agreement for HCA to acquire Mission Health.  The agreement will be sent to the North Carolina Attorney General for applicable regulatory review. As part of its normal regulatory review process, the attorney general will evaluate any effect the transaction could have on market competition, whether HCA Healthcare is paying a fair price for the acquisition and how proceeds resulting from the sale will continue to benefit western North Carolina. “The proceeds of the sale combined with Mission Health’s remaining cash and investments – after all debts and obligations have been paid – will ultimately be transferred to the newly formed Dogwood Health Trust whose sole mission is to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of western North Carolina,” a Mission Health press release noted.

 

Monday, October 8, 2018

WEBSITE:  ashevilledailyplanet.com
AUTHOR: M. Bridget Duffy
SUBJECT: Keeping Human Stories at the Center of Health Care

SUMMARY:  Caring for the health and well-being of our fellow humans has always been viewed as a combination of art and science. With all the recent advances in technology, there is no doubt the health care industry as a whole gets an “A” in science. The tradeoff, however, is that we’ve become so focused on using the technology (as this HBR article points out) that we spend far less time listening to individual human stories. The result: The industry’s letter grade for the art of healing is more like a “C-” or even a “D.” This disparity has contributed to staggering and demoralizing statistics about the absence of empathy and caring for patients, and burnout, fatigue, and depression among clinicians. It’s time for that to change…In another example, Ronald A. Paulus, president and CEO of Mission Health, a large health system based in Asheville, North Carolina, spearheads a program at his hospital called Project ReNew. It focuses on continuous improvement aimed at reducing hassles, improving efficiency and examining how the system operates by involving team members at every level. The goal is to restore a sense of joy to their work. Furthermore, Christine Sinsky, a physician who is vice president of professional satisfaction at the American Medical Association, works with policy-making bodies to reduce administrative burdens and with innovators to provide solutions to burnout through an AMA program called StepsForward.

ADDITIONAL PUBLICATION: 10-8-18 healthtipsarticles.com

 

Monday, October 8, 2018

WEBSITE:  transylvaniatimes.com
SUBJECT: Hospital Auxiliary Holds Awards Luncheon

SUMMARY:  Transylvania Regional Hospital’s (TRH) Auxiliary held its Annual Awards Luncheon at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, Sept. 20. Volunteers were thanked for their wide array of contributions to TRH and Auxiliary President Melanie Zapf asked several long-time volunteers up to the podium to speak about their years of service. Mayra Cummings, TRH’s Human Resources strategic business partner, gave an update on hospital happenings and April Pryor, TRH’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Program coordinator, presented briefly on the topic of resilience. Volunteer JC Cecconi provided pleasant background music on the piano. TRH Auxiliary currently has 75 active volunteers, making up the bulk of the 109-person TRH volunteer base, and 32 supporting members. TRH volunteers contributed nearly 11,000 hours over the past year. Zapf has served as auxiliary president for the past two years and also serves as the volunteer manager of the Auxiliary Gift Shop.

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

WEBSITE:  beckershospitalreview.com
REPORTER: Ayla Ellison
SUBJECT: For-profit hospital operator M&A update: 17 latest deals involving CHS, Tenet, HCA, and Lifepoint

SUMMARY:  Four of the largest for-profit hospital operators have each entered into several transactions in recent months. Some of the companies are selling off facilities to strengthen their hospital portfolios, while others are exploring ways to expand their reach. Here's a breakdown of the transactions the for-profit hospital companies have entered into so far this year…In late March, HCA announced it was looking to expand into North Carolina with the acquisition of Mission Health, a six-hospital, nonprofit system based in Asheville, N.C. The two parties signed a definitive agreement in August. Under the proposed transaction, HCA would use Mission Health as its platform for growth and expansion across the state.

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

WEBSITE:  multifamilybiz.com
SUBJECT: CBRE Arranges acquisition financing for newly built 97-Unit Beaucatcher flats in Asheville, NC

SUMMARY:  CBRE Capital Market’s Debt & Structured Finance team has arranged $13.839 million in acquisition financing on behalf of Chaucer Creek Capital LLC for the purchase of Beaucatcher Flats. The 97-unit multifamily property is located at 128 Florence Street, less than one mile from Downtown Asheville, NC, and within walking distance to Western Carolina’s largest employer, Mission Health. CBRE’s Charlotte-based Kristen Reilley and Nate Sittema led the capital markets efforts to secure a 10-year fixed rate Agency loan. The acquisition occurred while the community was just completing initial lease-up and the CBRE team was able to creatively structure the acquisition with an Agency loan. The acquisition presented the buyer with the opportunity to implement a light interior upgrade program at the community and the loan allowed the buyer to attain their targeted leverage and close within the acquisition timeline.

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

WEBSITE:  citizen-times.com
REPORTER: Dillon Davis
SUBJECT: Asheville’s Beaucatcher Flats aprtment community sells for $19.8M

SUMMARY:  Beaucatcher Flats, a 97-unit Asheville apartment community, has been sold. The community at 128 Florence St. has been acquired by Raleigh real estate investment firm Chaucer Creek Capital from Charlotte-based Beauxwright for $19.78 million, real estate company Cushman & Wakefield said Tuesday. It marks a fairly quick turnaround for the complex, which was built just south of the downtown corridor after receiving conditional zoning approval from Asheville City Council in 2015….Chris Warren, principal of Beauxwright, said the company was "fortunate to build on a premier development site with incredible views," adjacent to the Mission Hospital campus. Warren said Beauxwright's team believes Chaucer Creek will "continue to experience strong demand for this community."

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

WEBSITE:  ashvegas.com
REPORTER: Jason Sandford
SUBJECT: New Biltmore Avenue hotel gets Asheville Planning & Zoning OK

SUMMARY:  The Residence Inn, a Marriott hotel, is an upscale, extended-stay hotel aimed at business travelers staying for a week or more, hotelier Pratik Bhatka told the commission. Its location at the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and White Fawn Drive will enliven a drab section of Biltmore Avenue, Bhatka said. The vacant lot at 324 Biltmore Ave. sits across the street from a long-closed car dealership. The proposed hotel’s location between Asheville’s central business district and the Mission Hospital complex further south will fill a need, he said. By way of introduction, Bhatka told the commission that his family emigrated from India in 1978 and moved to Candler, where his father bought a small hotel and got started in the hospitality industry. He told the commission that he’s a graduate of Enka High School, and that his children now attend the same high school. Bhatka also reminded the commission that he is a member of the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

WEBSITE:  wlos.com
REPORTER: Jay Siltzer
SUBJECT: Specialty physicians hit the road to help patients

SUMMARY:  People living in rural areas are no longer driving as far for specialty care. That's especially true in the Highlands-Cashiers area. Ed Hillis, 67, recently had a colonoscopy at his local hospital. That's because his doctor goes to Highlands once a month from Brevard. It's one of several specialties now available at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, and it benefits everyone. "As medicine becomes more fragmented, and smaller hospitals are having a harder time attracting and retaining specialty physicians, we will probably see more sub-specialties coming to these areas a few times a month or whatever," Dr. Marco Chavarria said.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Crossroads Chronicle
REPORTER: Dan Brown
SUBJECT: Hospital reaches out to folks in Cashiers

SUMMARY:  Many southern Jackson County residents worry about having quality healthcare within reach once the sale of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital from Mission Health to Hospital Corporation of America is complete.Mission Health Chief Nursing Officer Jackie Medland was in Cashiers Friday for the latest round of hospital forums. She worked to let the community know that not only is it business as usual as far as Mission Health is concerned, "It's business better than usual." "We're here and we're still providing services for the local community," Medland said. "Nothing has changed in regard to that aspect of what we do." Business as usual, means maintaining the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. expanded hours launched over the summer into the slower fall season and through the winter for Cashiers, she said. "Nothing will change in regard to the level of health care Mission Health makes available to the Cashiers community," Medland said to a mostly empty meeting room at Cashiers-Glenville Recreaction Center. In addition to news media representatives, those present included Stephanie Edwards, Mission Health board member and executive director of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, and Mission Health employees Brittany Dryman and Ashlie Lanning, who is also a Glenville resident.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Franklin Press
AUTHOR: Jane Kimsey, Community Board Chair, Angel Medical Center Inc.
SUBJECT: HCA purchase was Angel’s best option

SUMMARY:  After thorough consideration of the options available, the community board members of Angel Medical Center Inc. voted unanimously to approve the acquisition of the assets of Mission Health System (which includes Angel Medical Center) by HCA Healthcare. The board believes this transaction to be in the best interests of Angel and the best option for continuing healthcare for Macon County and its surrounding area. Angel entered into an affiliation with Mission in 2013. Mission guaranteed Angel’s outstanding bonds and injected much-needed funds for capital and other needs. Mission also provided the efficiencies of a much larger organization such as purchasing, administration, recruiting medical providers, access to specialized services and more; importantly, it has provided ongoing financial support of Angel’s operations. Angel’s affiliation with Mission provided various protections for Angel’s operations and services through 2023. Under certain circumstances, which include the acquisition of Mission by another entity, Angel had the right to withdraw from its affiliation with Mission. As a condition of withdrawal, however, Angel would need to assume responsibility for repayment to Mission of any funds expended by Mission on behalf of Angel, and Angel would also have to either assume, or find another party that would assume, responsibility for guaranteeing repayment of Angel’s outstanding bonds. The total amount of those outstanding financial obligations is in excess of $13 million.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Crossroads Chronicle
SUBJECT: Hospital reaches out to folks in Cashiers

SUMMARY:  Join Highlands-Cashiers Hospital President/CNO Jackie Medland for a Cashiers community town hall-style meeting and find out what is new at the hospital. The meeting is set for noon-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center at 355 Frank Allen Road.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Mitchell News-Journal
SUBJECT: SafePlace, PATH, WAMY, among Mission Health 2019 grant recipients

SUMMARY:  Mission Health’ s Community Investment Program has awarded more than $965,000 in funding to a group of 24 western North Carolina agencies in a joint effort to improve the health and well-being of the 18-county region it serves…“ Grant funding through Mission’ s Community Investment program is just one of the many ways Mission Health works to impact the health and well-being of western North Carolina residents,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, president and CEO of Mission Health. “ Listening to the unique needs of our community members and partnering with these wonderful organizations is essential to creating solutions that help and support the people and communities in the region we serve.”

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Mitchell News-Journal
AUTHOR: Gabriel Cade, MD BRRH
SUBJECT: The risk factors associated with falling

SUMMARY:  Our 4-year-old hates gravity. He despises it and challenges it every chance he gets. Each morning, he blinks away his dreams of world domination and leaps from his loft bed, hoping this will be the morning he goes up – or at least stays level. But down he goes. 9.8 m/ s2 of 4-year old thumping the rest of us awake, although we’ ve long stopped worrying about his feud with this universal force. He is wonderfully reckless. He jumps with abandon, runs with abandon and falls with abandon. Uneven ground, wet surfaces, steps, tables, counters – every environment is an opportunity to see if the Law of Attraction still applies to him. His knees, wrists and head accelerate faster and faster toward the center of our planet, and all the hard things along the way. It makes us cringe. He’ s not alone; everybody falls. I bet you’ ve fallen before. Don’ t feel bad, it just happens. Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Mitchell News-Journal
SUBJECT: SEARCH hosts head of NC Office of Rural Health

SUMMARY:  More than a dozen elected officials and community leaders from Mitchell and Yancey counties met in Burnsville recently to discuss local health care with the Director of the NC Office of Rural Health Maggie Sauer. She came to the area at the invitation of Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare, or SEARCH, whose leadership team had a separate meeting with her in Spruce Pine. She shared information about what her office does for rural healthcare in the state, where it already provides services in Mitchell and Yancey counties and how the area might access additional services. Top of mind was the sale of Mission Health, including Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, to HCA. SEARCH members asked how the community could best position itself so it will continue to have good health care and a fully functioning hospital to serve the citizens of Mitchell and Yancey counties.

ADDITIONAL PUBLICATION: 10-11-18 The Yancey Common Times

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

WEBSITE:  businesswire.com
SUBJECT: Zipnosis Uses Voice of the Customer to Drive Platform Development

SUMMARY:  Leading virtual care company Zipnosis today announced the expansion of its Clinical Quality Advisory Council and launch of its Innovation Advisory Council. This move is part of the company’s ongoing strategy of engaging customers and industry leaders to advance virtual care and support the ability of healthcare providers to leverage virtual care as a delivery channel. Both groups are comprised of a blend of health system leaders and Zipnosis team members, creating collaborative working groups focused on advancing care quality and expanding utility of the virtual care platform…Health system members of the IAC include:

  • Eric Wallace, MD, FASN, University of Alabama Birmingham Medicine

  • James McElligott, MD, MSCR, Medical University of South Carolina

  • Kim DeRoche, MD, Fairview Health Services

  • Mike Reis, MD, Baylor, Scott and White

  • Steve North, MD, Mission Health

ADDITIONAL PUBLICATION: Wednesday 10.10.18 mobilehealthtimes.com

 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Morganton News Herald
AUTHOR: Laurie Moody, Morganton Resident
SUBJECT: Strengthening health care in WNC

SUMMARY:  Western North Carolina is a growing region, with growth comes increased responsibility for our health care systems to provide care for more people. Mission Health joining the HCA Healthcare system will encourage the progress and growth of the region by offering capital investments and protections, access to advanced technology and an impressive new foundation. As part of the agreement, HCA Healthcare and Mission Health will work together to create a $50 million innovation investment fund to invest in businesses located in our region. This financial investment will provide advancements in the access and delivery of health care. Mission Health will also have access to cutting-edge technology and resources for making improvements to access to care across the region, as well as the opportunity to conduct advanced clinical research studies.

 

Friday, October 12, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Franklin Press
SUBJECT: Make your best life now (Ad)

 

Friday, October 12, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Franklin Press
SUBJECT: Make your best life now (Ad)

 

Friday, October 12, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Mountain Xpress
SUBJECT: Mission Health answers flu shot questions

SUMMARY:  Last year’s flu season hit hard close to home and across the nation proving to be a deadly epidemic killing 80,000 Americans in late 2017 and early 2018. Flu season peaked in early 2018 here in western North Carolina with five times as many flu cases in January and twice as many in February than the same time the prior year. Flu season is officially underway here in western North Carolina and while we hope this year’s isn’t as bad, it’s still imperative to take the right precautions to protect yourself, others and our community. This includes good hand hygiene, staying home if you are sick, seeking care immediately if you have symptoms and getting a flu shot. Every year flu season comes around, we hear skeptics question the effectiveness of the flu shot.

 

Friday, October 12, 2018

WEBSITE:  benzinga.com
SUBJECT: InSight Telepsychiatry Presents First Annual Partner Awards

SUMMARY:  InSight Telepsychiatry, http://www.insighttelepsychiatry.com/, the leading national telepsychiatry provider organization, is excited to recognize their outstanding partners through their first ever partner awards: Telepsychiatry Program of the Year and the Partner Champion Award…Other nominees were: Winona Health (Minnesota), Mission Health (North Carolina), Family Counseling Center (Missouri), Resources for Human Development (Delaware) and BayCare Behavioral Health (Florida).