WILL THIS MEAN THAT SERVICES BY VARIOUS PHYSICIANS AND SPECIALISTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AGAIN AT THE HIGHLANDS-CASHIERS HOSPITAL CAMPUS… AS IN THE PAST PRIOR TO MISSION TAKING OVER? SPECIALISTS ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN UNLESS PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE THE TREK TO ASHEVILLE. WILL THIS NEW AFFILIATION BE MORE OF THE SAME AS OF LATE, OR WILL PEOPLE BE ABLE TO BE SERVED LOCALLY ONCE HCA HEALTHCARE TAKES OVER?

WILL THIS MEAN THAT SERVICES BY VARIOUS PHYSICIANS AND SPECIALISTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AGAIN AT THE HIGHLANDS-CASHIERS HOSPITAL CAMPUS… AS IN THE PAST PRIOR TO MISSION TAKING OVER? SPECIALISTS ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN UNLESS PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE THE TREK TO ASHEVILLE. WILL THIS NEW AFFILIATION BE MORE OF THE SAME AS OF LATE, OR WILL PEOPLE BE ABLE TO BE SERVED LOCALLY ONCE HCA HEALTHCARE TAKES OVER?

While we understand that everyone has their own perceptions, we do not agree with the characterization of “prior to Mission taking over” and subsequent to Mission enabling the hospital to remain viable and dramatically improving both clinical and operating performance. Service offerings are driven by what can be done safely and effectively in any given community. In view of the fact that the community isn’t changing with this contemplated transaction, it would be unlikely that services would change significantly.  Mission is very proud of the work we have done in collaboration with the Highlands Cashiers Board and the community.

With regard to your questions about potential future changes on the Highlands Cashiers campus what we can say today is that HCA has a long, proven history of investing in the communities it serves – from expanding access to urgent and primary care to enhancing specialty services.  HCA is committed to investing and helping move healthcare forward in each of our local communities by helping improve access and maintain quality and clinical outcomes.