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The new North Tower at Mission Hospital will be opening soon with a new emergency department and added patient rooms with smart technology.  (Photo: ANGELI WRIGHT/ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES)

Dr. Josh Short calls it a “double whammy.”

Now an emergency room physician at Haywood Regional Medical Center, Short left a job within the Mission Health system about two years ago. He has watched from nearby as the six-hospital system experiences growing pains after being purchased by for-profit hospital giant HCA Healthcare in February 2019.

As a health care professional, Short said the changes made in Mission Health — which also operates numerous outpatient clinics — have started to impact his work and that he’s concerned about the challenges his former colleagues face.

But it’s recently become a personal issue, too.

“My son, my wife, myself, my aunt, ages 6 to 83, all go to one of the clinics