23 Aug WILL MISSION HEALTH PROVIDE A FORMAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON EITHER THE PROPOSED SALE OR ON HOW THE NEW FOUNDATION IS TO BE CONSTITUTED AND WHAT IT WILL DO?
Absolutely we have done that and will continue to do so! We understand well the critical need for community input, which is why we have established so many different ways for the community to engage, comment, question, suggest and ask.
We knew this would be a lengthy process and we wanted to be thoughtful about how we engaged the community in a diverse and repetitive manner so that everyone could provide input. To continually gather insights and opinions from across the region, we’re employing several best practices to ensure that anyone and everyone has the opportunity to provide feedback.
Research shows that social media and online engagement ensures that a majority of the community can provide input and ask questions. Not everyone likes to speak up at public meetings, can easily attend or fits into the group of powerful people who will always have their say. As a result, we developed a communication and feedback plan that incorporates everyone into the model.
- We have hosted four Facebook Live discussions that have reached over 175,000 people and counting.
- Evidence shows that these discussions are the most reliable, diverse and interactive way to ensure that everyone and anyone from across the region – and beyond – can ask questions, share opinions and suggestions, engage, and become more informed.
- Consider these statistics: According to Journalism.org, “In the U.S., roughly nine-in-ten adults (93%) get at least some news online (either via mobile or desktop).” Also, according to a December 2017 study by eMarketer, “Facebook is by far the most popular social media platform for researching, influence and buying.”
- Also, this MissionHealthForward.org website has been viewed more than 36,000 times. All questions that were asked have been answered and posted for everyone to see. In addition to the questions and answers, we have posted the Facebook Live recordings, foundation research, our Mountains of Hope video, related articles and white papers, a graphic illustrating the steps to an agreement, fact sheets, and news articles.
- More traditionally, Dr. Paulus and members of his leadership team have met personally with more than 375 local elected leaders and more than 400 community leaders (including clergy, non-profit agencies, business heads and others). Elected leaders are, by definition, those entrusted by our citizens to ensure their interests. We trust that our elected officials and community leaders are then sharing this information with their constituents.
- We’ve provided continued and significant information to the local, regional and national media, all of whom have an important role to inform all citizens.
- Beyond our direct media engagement, the media also has covered meetings we’ve held with elected officials and business leaders and we’ve answered letters sent to the editors of our region’s newspapers.
At this point in the process, it should be obvious that this potential transaction is anything but an overnight process. As always, to access the most accurate and up to date information, we invite our community to frequently visit this website that is dedicated to keeping our patients, team members and communities informed: www.MissionHealthForward.org. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to share comments and suggestions and submit questions. Every question is answered and posted for everyone to see.