COPA How to Comment
Announcement on the COPA decision: Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, announced Sept. 19, 2017 that the request for a Certificate of Public Advantage from Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance has been granted.
Terms of Certification
Executed Letter of Approval
Approval Certificate Signed by MSHA
Approval Certificate Signed by WHS
*The resolution unanimously adopted by the Board of Wellmont Health System approved the September 16, 2017 draft of the Terms of Certification and any subsequent “more favorable terms” as may be agreed to by the State of Tennessee. The September 18, 2017 draft of the Terms of Certification contains a “more favorable term” that was agreed to by the State and, therefore, the September 18, 2017 draft of the Terms of Certification were approved by the Wellmont Board.
A Public Hearing will be held on July 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. EST at Northeast State Community College Auditorium, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, TN. The Notice can be read here.
The preliminary deadline for written comments is July 18, 2017. We will continue to accept comments by email, mail or online while the matter is under consideration.
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
Please be aware that any comments or information you submit or share with 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.
- Letters from organizations may be posted directly to the website.
- 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.
- The department has added an online submission form below.
Comments Received from Organizations
List of Previous Public Hearings
Tennessee Department of Health Public Hearing
Tuesday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Northeast State Regional Performing Arts Center
Blountville, TN 37617
Thursday, September 1, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST
Kingsport Renaissance Center, Room 310
1200 E Center St., Kingsport, TN 37660
The transcript can be read here.
Thursday, September 29, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, Nashville Room
312 Rosa L. Park Ave, Nashville, TN 37243
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(Please note room change.)
Thursday, October 6, 5:30 p.m. EST
Slater Center Auditorium
325 McDowell St, Bristol, TN 37620
Monday, November 21, 5:30 p.m. EST
The Millennium Centre
2001 Millennium Place, Johnson City, TN
List of COPA Index Advisory Group Listening Sessions
Advisory Group Listening Session #1 For any members of the general public
Tuesday, March 22, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carter County Health Department, 403 East G Street, Elizabethton
Advisory Group Listening Session #2 For internal stakeholders, including employees, contractors, vendors, staff clinicians and others who currently work with Mountain States Health Alliance or Wellmont Health System
Tuesday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Northeast State Regional Performing Arts Center, 2425 TN-75, Blountville
Advisory Group Listening Session #3 For any members of the general public
Tuesday, April 5, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Holston Electric Cooperative, 1200 West Main Street, Rogersville
Advisory Group Listening Session #4 For external stakeholders, including competing health care providers, non-staff clinicians, payers (including self-insured employers), government agencies and non-profits.
Tuesday, April 19, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Northeast State Regional Performing Arts Center, 2425 TN-75, Blountville
Advisory Group Listening Session #5 For the general public and all stakeholders; during this meeting the Advisory Group will present the proposed COPA index and receive comments
RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, May 31, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sullivan County Health Department, 154 Blountville By Pass, Blountville