At their meeting on July 5, 2018, members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine welcomed Cara Truitt, Regional Advocacy Director with Mission Health, who provided an informative program about the sale of Mission Health to HCA Healthcare, Inc. The Letter of Intent was signed in March and the parties are currently in the Due Dilligence Process. The Regulatory Phase will follow as the transaction is reviewed by the Attorney General. Ms. Truitt noted that increasing costs and decreasing financial support from government agencies were a motivating forces as Mission Health looked to make a change at this time. A key component of this agreement will be the formation of a new foundation that is to be independent of HCA Healthcare, Inc. Considerable effort is being made to engage the public throughout this entire process. For updates and accurate information the public is encouraged to visit the website: MissionHealthForward.org.