Health care merger requires community effort

By Dr. Chad Couch

Bristol Herald Courier – Change is frequently hard. This is especially true when it comes to something as important as the health care of our community.

The proposed merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance will change how health care is delivered in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, and I am confident these changes will be for the best.

As I have listened to leaders from Wellmont and Mountain States and the community over the past several months, I have become convinced that this partnership will give our communities the best opportunity to navigate the winds of change that are blowing across health care delivery systems throughout our country.

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