28 Nov Why isn’t the list of services to be protected under the purchase agreement at the smaller hospital as detailed as the one for Mission Hospital in Asheville? Why isn’t the period for which services are to be protected at the rural hospitals as long as it is at Mission Hospital?
While it’s understandable that some may see these as “differences”, in reality, the lists are effectively equivalent when considering the relative number and range of services offered by each entity. Said another way, because Mission Hospital offers so many more unique services and serves as the region’s referral center for tertiary and quaternary care its list will by definition be longer. The simple truth is that every single entity within the Mission Health system will have very significant protections with this transaction that they lack today. Those safeguards include protections against both program and facility closures as well as other benefits like a replacement facility for Angel Medical Center and a new, significantly larger behavioral health hospital in Asheville.
Finally, it bears repeating that HCA has committed to maintaining designated services for at least 5 years, keeping all hospitals open for a minimum of 10 years and not to sell any hospital for a minimum of 10 years. For an industry changing as rapidly as healthcare, five and ten year protections represents a comparatively long period of time.