Mission gets gobbled up
Yesterday evening, the rumors started flying that Mission Hospital was getting bought by the Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). It was soon confirmed in a message from Mission to its staff and doctors. Then a press release went out.
Mission Health’s Board of Directors today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to enter into exclusive discussions to join HCA Healthcare, a Nashville, Tennessee-based company founded 50 years ago by two physicians. The Board’s unanimous decision to execute the LOI with HCA Healthcare reflects its long-term vision and commitment to preserve and expand Mission Health’s world-class quality of care within a rapidly consolidating healthcare industry.
From the Citizen-Times report:
If it goes through, the move would place Mission under the umbrella of the for-profit HCA company, which has 240,000 employees throughout its system and navigate more than 27 million annual patient encounters, a fact sheet provided by the company shows.
It is a significant move for Mission, which has been in business in some form since the late 19th century in Western North Carolina. Mission now is a seven-hospital health system that serves the 18 westernmost counties of the state including locations in Asheville, Brevard, Franklin and Marion. Mission provides care to about 1 million patients annually.
Mission employs about 11,000 people in the area.
NC school safety task force meets
In the wake of the Parkland, FL shooting, North Carolina state lawmakers set up a committee to explore and recommend ways to prevent school shootings. The committee held its first meeting yesterday in Raleigh.
One area of particular focus was mental health. The former president of the N.C. School Psychology Association, Jim Deni said about 1 in 7 students need mental health services.
National ratios recommend a school psychologist for every 700 students. Deni said the North Carolina ratio of one psychologist for every 2,100 students makes it impossible to meet psychological needs, which include doing threat assessments.
Republican lawmakers said they were not going to discuss gun control as part of this effort.
The committee ended the meeting by compiling a list of ideas it should study further, including allowing armed security guards who aren't police officers at schools, reviewing the mental health system and banning bump stocks.
When no legislators brought up the idea of arming teachers, several Democrats said they wanted to make it known that they're against the concept.
"I could very easily see a situation where a teacher is intimidated by a student and something goes wrong and somebody ends up dead or severely injured," said Rep. Rodney Moore, a Mecklenburg County Democrat.
You can find all the related documents at this link.
Meanwhile, in Washington...
A new Omnibus short-term spending bill was introduced last night - with a vote set for Friday.
It's $1.3 Trillion and it includes all sorts of spending that Republicans used to oppose...
It’s a good thing we have Republican control of Congress or the Democrats might bust the budget caps, fund planned parenthood and Obamacare, and sneak gun control without due process into an Omni...wait, what?— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 21, 2018
.@SpeakerRyan tells Fox that congressional Democrats rejected a deal of “multiyear funding for the wall for multiyear relief for the DACA kids” in the omnibus spending bill. “They walked away from that, they wouldn’t take that.”— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 22, 2018
Brilliant GOP midterm strategy: allow Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to effectively run Congress, then campaign against them as the plucky outsiders trying to take back government for hard-working taxpayers— John Hayward (@Doc_0) March 22, 2018
But we'll all be focused on the Trump vs. Biden smacktalk...
Is this trash-talking exchange a preview of 2020? Earlier this week, Joe Biden declared that he would have personally “beat the hell out of” Donald Trump in high school if he had heard Trump talking about women in... https://t.co/HyvGf31uXX— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) March 22, 2018
Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
"He [Biden] wants to be the Hugger In Chief (in more ways than one)...."— Steve Eggleston (@NoRunnyEggs) March 22, 2018
Groper Vs. Groper 2020 https://t.co/IvD5BTvabg
Donald Trump & Joe Biden are essentially the same person pic.twitter.com/H1zkEz2C8l— 🌎 Tyler Crallé 🌎 (@tylercralle) March 22, 2018
A preview of the Joe Biden vs Donald Trump fight for the ages pic.twitter.com/mUjUP2xX4h— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 22, 2018