Pardee board chairman Bill Lapsley said that simply is not the case.
"payer mix" also includes about 70 percent of revenues derived from federal Medicaid and Medicare payments, so the hospital has to look for efficiencies and partnerships where it can.
Also, many of patients in the north Henderson, south Buncombe area work in local manufacturing plants and have good insurance.
"Those are very attractive customers," Lapsley
About 60 percent of the patients in that geographic area already go to Mission for services, while about 25 percent opt for Pardee and 15 percent for Park Ridge, Lapsley said.
"From our standpoint, that future growth that Mission
is getting is not going to go down," Lapsley
dominates in part because it's the only hospital that can handle complex cases and it's the designated trauma center for the region.
Pardee's deal with Mission
has been in the works for nearly four years, and at one point Pardee and Mission
had tentative plans for outpatient centers about three miles apart.
With $55 million in reserves, Pardee
could have built its own center, but it didn't make sense financially.
Lapsley acknowledged that Pardee CEO Jay Kirby did recently note that the project on the county line involved the golden rule - the one with the gold makes the rules.
"In no way did they say we're going to do this with or without you or 'We're going to mow over you.' That's a bunch of baloney," Lapsley