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Local Advisory Council

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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.

Local Advisory Council Charter

Members:

Dr. Linda Latimer,Chair,East Tennessee State University board of trustees
Wallace Boyd, Former Board of Directors, Frontier Health
Major General Gary L. Harrell, USA (Retired)
Rep. David Hawk, State Representative, Greene County
Ken Maness, Commissioner of the Tri-Cities Airport Authority
Dennis Phillips, Former Mayor of Kingsport
Dr. Karen Shelton, Director of Mount Rogers Health District, Virginia Department of Health
Thomas Wennogle, President, Jarden Zink Products
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.

The transcript from the COPA Local Advisory Council’s Annual Public Hearing held January  7, 2020.

LAC Annual Public Hearing #3 For members of the public who wish to provide comments on Ballad Health’s Annual Report and the progress of the COPA.

Monday, January 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EST, via WebEx.

Due to COVID-19 considerations this year’s event will be held online.
Please join the online event using the attendee information below:
https://tngov.webex.com/tngov/onstage/g.php?MTID=eab940aa996ba9e3b7da57a790a29d69d
Event Number: 178 446 4252
Event Password: TNCOPA2021

To join by phone:
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.
Phone number: 1-415-655-0003 US TOLL
Event Number/Access Code: 171 446 4252

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

Agenda can be read hereMeeting minutes can be read here.

Local Advisory Council Meeting #2

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Northeast State Community College, Basler L226, 2425 TN-75, Blountville

Agenda can be read here. Meeting minutes can be read here.

Local Advisory Council Meeting #3

Tuesday, October 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m., Northeast State Community College, Basler L226, 2425 TN-75, Blountville

Agenda can be read here. Meeting minutes can be read here.

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.

Agenda can be read here. Meeting minutes can be read here.

Local Advisory Council Meeting # 5

Thursday, July 25, 2019 3:30 p.m. Northeast State Community College BASLER L226 2425 highway 75, Blountville.

Agenda can be read here. Meeting minutes can be read here.

Local Advisory Council Meeting # 6

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 1:30 p.m. Sullivan County Health Department 154 Blountville Byp, Blountville, TN 37617

Meeting minutes can be read here.

Local Advisory Council Meeting # 7-canceled

Tuesday , April 21, 2020, 2:00 p.m. EDT via WebEx.

 CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

Local Advisory Council Meeting # 7

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m. EDT via WebEx. (Click here for meeting details)

Agenda can be read here.  

Local Advisory Council Meeting # 8

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 2:00 p.m. EDT via WebEx. (Click here for meeting details) 

Agenda can be read here.  

Comments or questions for the Local Advisory Council can be directed to COPA.advisory-council@tn.gov.