Existing hospital Foundation Boards were chosen by Mission’s Board. Mission is now suggesting those Boards stay in place. They are setting up a strategy to keep control of the community Foundations to continue to serve their interests. We should be choosing the Foundations in our community that will administer the funds allocated to us and it should be our decision on how those funds will be best used to serve our community.

Existing hospital Foundation Boards were chosen by Mission’s Board. Mission is now suggesting those Boards stay in place. They are setting up a strategy to keep control of the community Foundations to continue to serve their interests. We should be choosing the Foundations in our community that will administer the funds allocated to us and it should be our decision on how those funds will be best used to serve our community.

All of the Legacy Foundation Boards are now and will continue to be comprised by community members and will be more important in their respective communities than Dogwood Health Trust Board. Those community Board members will determine how subsequent Board members for the Legacy Foundations are elected. These Legacy Foundations will be independent of both the future Mission Health and Dogwood Health Trust.

Separately, each rural hospital board also will form a local advisory board comprised of four members appointed by the local community board members of each hospital and four members appointed by HCA. Each local advisory board, and only the local advisory board, will have the authority to approve or “veto” variations from the post-closing covenants applicable to its hospital.