Mission Hospital Pleased with Outcome of Select Committee Meeting

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 16, 2012) – Mission Hospital announced today that it is pleased with the recommendation made by the North Carolina House Select Committee on CON and other Hospital Related Issues. The Committee recommended that Mission Hospital and Park Ridge meet before the end of the next Long Session of the 2013 General Assembly to discuss patient care in western North Carolina.

“We are satisfied with the recommendation, and we want to thank the Committee for supporting our goal of avoiding distractions and remaining focused on our BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “We very much appreciate the Committee’s support, even though this process has at times been a distraction from our critical work of serving western North Carolina and ignores the challenging issues facing our community. The simple reality is that western North Carolinians are older, poorer, sicker, less likely to be insured and more likely to have medical access problems than others in our state and nation."

At yesterday’s meeting the Committee considered final recommendations regarding North Carolina’s Certificate of Need to be included in the Committee’s final report. The Committee also reviewed Mission Hospital’s COPA compliance five-year assessment by independent accounting firm, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (DHG), and even more comprehensive and longitudinal compliance data provided by Mission Health.  DHG was retained by the State of North Carolina to assess and issue a report of findings on Mission Hospital’s COPA compliance during the five-year period from 2007-2011. The report showed that Mission Hospital was thoroughly compliant in every matter of COPA significance.

“We have always complied with and will continue to comply with the COPA, for so long as it exists,” said Dr. Paulus. “More importantly, we will continue to provide best-in-class, high-quality, low-cost and transparent care for all of those in western North Carolina regardless of their ability to pay. It is a pleasure to get back to the work that warms the heart and makes a real contribution to our community.”