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Tennessee officially grants COPA to Ballad Health

Zach Vance, Johnson City Press • Jan 31, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner announced Wednesday that Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System were officially granted a Certificate of Public Advantage, permitting the two entities to merge into Ballad Health.

“Clearly a great deal of work on the part of all involved has gone into this groundbreaking result. We can be proud of the thoughtful, deliberate, transparent and community-accountable process it has been, one I know we all look forward to continuing,” Dreyzehner said in a press release.

“Our job as the state was to determine whether a merger of the two systems could create a clear public benefit to the people of this wonderful and vibrant region, a responsibility we took and will continue to take very seriously as we enter this next exciting and important phase.”

For more on the COPA approval and Ballad's new leadership structure, visit the Johnson City Press.

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