Local Advisory Council
The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is responsible for on-going active state supervision of mergers granted under a Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA), according to Permanent Rules 1200-38-01-.01 et seq. , effective January 4, 2016, implement TCA Sections 68-11-1301 – 68-11-1309, which govern the COPA process.
Tennessee’s active supervision structure is laid out in the Terms of Certification executed by TDH and the two health systems which merged to become Ballad Health: MSHA and Wellmont Health System. One part of the active supervision structure is a Local Advisory Council (LAC) intended to facilitate input from residents of the Geographic Service Area. The Terms of Certification require that the LAC be comprised of 8-10 community leaders and that the LAC be supported by the TDH Division of Health Planning.
As outlined in the Terms of Certification, the LAC’s responsibilities include:
- Recommending to the TDH how funds in the Population Health Initiatives Fund should be spent;
- In coordination with the TDH, hosting an annual public hearing to allow a formal process for the public to comment on the Annual Reports from Ballad Health and the COPA Compliance Office and the ongoing performance of Ballad Health; and
- Publishing the Local Advisory Council Annual Report that incorporates community feedback for review by the COPA Monitor and TDH after the annual public hearing.
|Dennis Phillips, Chair, Former Mayor of Kingsport
|Major General Gary L. Harrell, USA (Retired)
|Rep. David Hawk, State Representative, Greene County
|Dr. Linda Latimer, East Tennessee State University board of trustees
|Gary Mayes, Director, Sullivan County Health Department
|Dr. Jerry Miller, Founder Holston Medical Group
|Dan Pohlgeers, former provider and current medical administrator and consultant with Sunesis Medical.
|Dr. Karen Shelton, Director of Mount Rogers Health District, Virginia Department of Health
|Dr. Brenda White Wright, Former CEO, Girls Incorporated|
How to Provide Feedback to the Local Advisory Council
The general public is encouraged to provide feedback on the progress and impact of the Ballad Health merger on the region.
By email: COPA.Advisory-Council@tn.gov
By mail: TN Department of Health – COPA LAC
710 James Robertson Parkway, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243.
In person: at Annual Public Hearings (to be announced at least three weeks in advance)
Please be aware that any comments or information you submit or share with the Local Advisory Council through the Department will be considered a public record.
- Letters from individuals will not be posted to the website but may be considered public record. This might mean that the Department will give copies of these comments to news agencies upon request.
- Upon a request for information, it will be the Department's policy to share the name of the individual submitting a comment and to redact other personally identifying information, including contact information, before releasing comments from individuals.
Annual Public Hearing Dates
LAC Annual Public Hearing #1 For members of the public who wish to provide comments on Ballad Health’s Annual Report and the progress of the COPA.
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 5:00 p.m. the doors will open at 4:00pm, Northeast State Community College, Center for the Arts, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, TN 37617.
Public Hearing Transcripts can be read here.
LAC Annual Public Hearing #2 For members of the public who wish to provide comments on Ballad Health’s Annual Report (see also the Executive Summary of Ballad’s Annual Report) and the progress of the COPA.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 5:30 p.m. the doors will open at 5:00pm, Northeast State Community College, Center for the Arts, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, TN 37617.
Working Meeting Dates
Local Advisory Council Meeting #1
Tuesday, June 6, 2018, 3:00 p.m., Northeast State Community College Basler L106, 2425 TN-75, Blountville
Local Advisory Council Meeting #2
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Northeast State Community College, Basler L226, 2425 TN-75, Blountville
Local Advisory Council Meeting #3
Tuesday, October 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m., Northeast State Community College, Basler L226, 2425 TN-75, Blountville
Local Advisory Council Meeting # 4
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 3:00 p.m. Northeast State Community College BASLER L226 2425 highway 75, Blountville
Note: The COPA Local Advisory Council business meeting originally set for, January 22, 2019 has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts and will be rescheduled for a later date. The new date will be posted here once it has been set.
Local Advisory Council Meeting # 5
Thursday, July 25, 2019 3:30 p.m. Northeast State Community College BASLER L226 2425 highway 75, Blountville.
Local Advisory Council Meeting # 6
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 1:30 p.m. Sullivan County Health Department 154 Blountville Byp, Blountville, TN 37617
Local Advisory Council Meeting # 7
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m. EDT via WebEx. (Meeting link, access code, and password coming soon.)
Comments or questions for the Local Advisory Council can be directed to COPA.firstname.lastname@example.org.