Patient advocacy scrutinizes Buncombe hospital bed expansion

Mission Hospital, at 509 Biltmore Ave.

ASHEVILLE – HCA Healthcare-owned Mission Health, Novant Health and AdventHealth’s competitive bids to expand hospital services in Buncombe County went under the microscope at a public forum July 14, an online event where doctors, nurses, patient advocates and legal experts weighed in on whether the selection system was working for or against patients.

Organized by Dr. Mitchell Li of Take Medicine Back and Will Overfelt of the 13,200-member Mountain Maladies Facebook group, the forum was engineered to scrutinize the hospitals’ certificates of need or “CONs,” documentation submitted to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Health Services Regulation.

Nearly 100 people attended the event, including its organizers and speakers.

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