We Are Making Great Progress

We are excited to share with you today another major milestone in our journey to combine our organizations into one.

The Southwest Virginia Health Authority voted Monday, Nov. 7, to recommend to the Virginia Commissioner of Health that we be granted a cooperative agreement. The cooperative agreement is a required step in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Health Authority’s vote is another positive step in our ability to merge and move forward to address the most pressing health needs of our region.

We are extremely grateful to the members of the health authority, who thoroughly reviewed our application, asked thoughtful questions and gathered input from Southwest Virginia residents. Importantly, the health authority has determined our approach will create the public advantage needed to fulfill the commonwealth’s law for granting a cooperative agreement.

We also continue to be immensely grateful for the tremendous community support we have received, as evidenced by the dozens of community members who have taken time to share their perspectives with the Southwest Virginia Health Authority and Tennessee Department of Health in writing and in person at public hearings.

The Virginia Cooperative Agreement application now heads to the Virginia Department of Health, where it will undergo a final review by the Commissioner. Ultimately, approval rests with this department. We will continue to work closely with regulators in the commonwealth as we move forward with our plan to transform and strengthen health care in this region.

In the meantime, we are also maintaining regular contact with the Tennessee Department of Health officials as they evaluate our application for a Certificate of Public Advantage.

The solutions we have proposed will protect consumers, strengthen health care delivery and produce synergies that will allow us to invest $450 million to substantially improve the quality of life in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. We are excited about our continued momentum toward those goals and the opportunity for our region to become a national model for healthy communities.

As always, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to updating you on the next steps in our process.