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After Mission purchase, HCA names new chief of its N.C. hospitals
Wednesday, 06 March 2019 11:51

From Staff Reports

 

NASHEVILLE, Tenn. — After its Feb. 1 announcement that Nasheville-based, for-profit HCA Healthcare has finalized its purchase of Asheville-based nonprofit Mission Health, HCA announced a change of leadership at Mission.

Specifically, HCA on Feb. 21 named veteran hospital leader Greg Lowe to serve as president of its division,which will remain based in Asheville, that includes the six-hospital Mission Health network. 

Lowe formerly served as CEO of HCA’s Chippenham and Johnston-Willis hospitals, a two-campus system in Richmond, Va., and Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, a level II trauma center in Florida, according to an HCA press release.

He effectively replaces Dr. Ron Paulus, Mission’s president and CEO, who told employees in an email in mid-February that he is transitioning to become a strategic adviser for HCA, reporting to Chuck Hall, president of HCA’s National Group.

HCA also named employee veteran Terence van Arkel as CFO of the Nashville-based company’s North Carolina division.

“Greg is a talented leader and system operator with experience expanding medical services to meet the healthcare needs of the community,” Hall said. “Greg and Terence head up an experienced, patient-focused North Carolina Division leadership team to support the continued success of Mission Health.

“We appreciate Dr. Paulus’ leadership of Mission Health and look forward to his continued contributions to HCA Healthcare in his new role,” Hall noted.

Paulus had been Mission’s chief executive since 2010, during which time he was named one of the state’s most influential leaders by Business North Carolina magazine.

Paulus oversaw massive facility upgrades such as the development of the new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine in Asheville; pushed to dissolve the Certificate of Public Advantage law, which had capped Mission’s profit margin and the number of doctors it could employ since 1995; and led negotiations with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in 2017 and in its deal with HCA that was finalized in January.

 



 


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