Less than one year after the state rejected their first request to relocate an endoscopy center from Asheville to Fletcher, Mission Health and Pardee Hospital are trying again. But during an almost 3-hour long public hearing held in Mills River today, not everyone understood why these health systems are applying again, or what has changed. More than 100 people attended the meeting, and about 50 people spoke during the public comment. (photo by Caitlin Byrd)
For three hours, a litany of area residents, doctors, health-care professionals and a few patients spoke out about competition and choice, giving a state legislative committee plenty to think about.
The state put the brakes on Mission Health and Pardee Hospital’s proposal to relocate an endoscopy center from Asheville to Fletcher today, Aug. 26. Mission officials say they’re committed to moving forward with the plan. But state legislators have their eye on the Asheville-based hospital. In a climate that’s seen allegations that Mission may have a monopoly in the region, state legislators today formed a new commission that will study several key aspects of issue.
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