By PETER H. LEWIS
The Mission Health system could have been purchased by another nonprofit hospital chain in a deal that would have been at least as good if not better than the $1.5 billion sale that the hospital system’s board ultimately approved to HCA Healthcare in 2018, a former top Mission executive now says.
The sale to HCA was “significantly detrimental” to the community, said Charles F. Ayscue, who was Mission’s top financial executive from 2007 to 2018. Ayscue broke the cone of silence that has surrounded the highly controversial Mission sale by writing a letter in support of Novant Health’s application to be awarded 67 new acute care hospital beds in Buncombe County.
Ayscue is now working for Novant as an independent contractor.
The letter includes stunning new revelations about the HCA deal,