Mission Hospital vice president leaves in midst of HCA complaints

Jennifer E. Engen

Dr. William Hathaway will be the next Mountain Area Health Education Center CEO, the organization announced Jan. 6.

Hathaway will leave his role as senior vice president and chief medical officer at Mission Health and start with MAHEC on Feb. 7, according to a news release. MAHEC is not part of the HCA Healthcare system, which owns Mission.

Mission, the largest hospital system in Western North Carolina, has been beset with controversy since it was sold to the for-profit HCA in 2019, with hundreds of patient complaints to the attorney general’s office, protests by nurses and an anti-trust lawsuit filed in 2020.

“My leaving has absolutely nothing to do with patients’ complaints or nurse complaints,” he said by phone Jan. 6, calling his future role at MAHEC a “wonderful opportunity.”


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