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Former Kingsport mayor: Local Advisory Council doesn't control Ballad Health

Hank Hayes, Kingsport Times News • Aug 1, 2019 at 8:46 AM

KINGSPORT — Former Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips said there’s a misconception that people think the Ballad Health Local Advisory Council (LAC) has more power over the health care provider than actually exists.

Phillips chairs the LAC.

“We feel like people think we have some control over Ballad, and we absolutely do not have any control over Ballad,” Phillips said in a phone interview. “Our purpose is to determine where the money is spent and if Ballad violates the terms of the COPA (Certificate of Public Advantage that sealed the merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance).

“The long waits in the emergency room, the shutdown of wings of the hospital, that is something that people expect us to do something about, and we have no authority. That does not mean we are not concerned about that. Everyone on the committee, regardless of where you are from, wants to have a hospital that provides exceptional service, and there seems to be a lot of concern about the service at Holston Valley Hospital.”

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