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AdventHealth’s New Hospital Leaves Questions For Community

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Weaverville – A couple of weeks ago, the Tribune ran a story where we asked leaders involved in the AdventHealth’s plan for a new hospital off of the 25/70 Hwy in Weaverville questions concerning the new facility. One of those questioned was Victoria Dunkle, AdventHealth director of communications and public relations.

Dunkle asked for our deadline but failed to get back to us in time for the story deadline. However, she eventually followed up on our questions, which were as follows:

How was the decision made to pursue the construction of a hospital in Weaverville? What factors were considered in the decision-making process?

What is the proposed timeline for the construction of the hospital, and what are the key milestones?

What is the estimated cost of building the hospital, and how will it be funded?

Will the hospital be publicly funded, privately funded, or a combination of both?

What efforts have been made to engage with community stakeholders and gather their input on the hospital project?

What steps will be taken to ensure that the hospital is accessible and inclusive to all members of the community, including marginalized or underserved populations?

How will the hospital be staffed, and what recruitment strategies will be employed to attract healthcare professionals to the area?

What plans are in place to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the hospital once it is operational?

How will the performance and effectiveness of the hospital be evaluated once it is up and running?

What measures will be implemented to ensure transparency and accountability throughout the construction and operation of the hospital?
However, Dunkle only responded with this statement:

“AdventHealth is excited to build this new hospital in Weaverville that will serve Buncombe, Graham, Madison and Yancey Counties. We selected this location based on the needs of the community and numerous conversations with people who live and work in the state-defined service area. AdventHealth’s promise to provide whole-person care includes understanding the community health needs and planning this hospital to serve every person represented in these communities.

“The timeframe for building a multispecialty community hospital is between 18 and 24 months after HCA/Mission’s legal challenges are exhausted and the Certificate of Need (CON) is awarded. The community would be much closer to having this additional healthcare choice if HCA/Mission had not appealed the state’s decision in 2022.

“As a faith-based, not-for-profit hospital, AdventHealth is excited to be able to invest back into the community. Because we are not-for-profit, the community also has the opportunity to invest in its health care through the AdventHealth Foundation.”

While her response answered some of our questions, not all were, so we followed up with, “Thanks, but I’m not sure you addressed all questions.” to which Dunkle did not reply.