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Speakers voice concerns about Ballad’s plans at public hearing

Zach Vance, Johnson City Press • Feb 8, 2019 at 8:30 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Support for Ballad Health was nonexistent at Thursday’s public hearing at Northeast State Community College as more than 35 people — including former and current Ballad employees, emergency medical technicians and former patients — expressed dissatisfaction and concern about the hospital system, post-merger.

Hosted by the nine member Certificate of Public Advantage Local Advisory Council, more than 200 people attended the state-mandated annual public hearing, and all the community feedback gathered will be incorporated into a report the committee has to file in 30 days.

Each speaker had three minutes to talk, and nearly every person used up their time during the roughly three-hour meeting.

Some of the anecdotes shared were alarming, generating gasps from the crowd, such as Tyler Finocchio’s testimony about emergency room wait times at Holston Valley Medical Center.

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