• SEARCH members accompanied former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (left) to a meeting at the N.C. Attorney General’s office with staff Swain Wood (center) and Jennifer Harrod (right). (Photo submitted)
    SEARCH members accompanied former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (left) to a meeting at the N.C. Attorney General’s office with staff Swain Wood (center) and Jennifer Harrod (right). (Photo submitted)

SEARCH meets Jan. 15 in Burnsville

SEARCH will inaugurate the new year with a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the First Baptist Church in Burnsville. While there will be brief reports from the Outreach and Outcomes Committees, the focus of the meeting will be the developing activities around the sale of Mission Health to HCA, including recent resolutions by the towns of Bakersville and Spruce Pine sent to N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein.

Sustaining essential services in this rural area is the core mission of SEARCH, and defining what those services should be, became even more critical when a list of only three services for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital was deemed necessary in the Asset Purchase Agreement, which Mission and HCA sent to the Attorney General for approval. SEARCH will review the APA recommendation for Blue Ridge as opposed to for the other hospitals in the Mission Health System and will seek input from attendees on a more complete and accurate list.

An Asheville group called Western North Carolina Healthcare Equity was formed this fall, primarily in response to perceived inequities in the establishment of the Dogwood Health Trust. Members of SEARCH have been involved tangentially and will report on the group’s plans and progress.

Send an email to searchwnc@gmail.com or visit SEARCHwnc.org to receive the complete meeting agenda, including additional speakers and activities. All are welcome at the meeting, which is not only an excellent place to share ideas on healthcare but also where you can bring for the refreshment table Aunt Tillie's fruitcake you can't quite finish, or the Harry and David treats someone else might enjoy. 

Susan Larson is a member of the SEARCH executive team.

The MItchell News

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