Mission Health and Angel Medical Center Announce Plans for Unprecedented Investment in Macon County Community Through New Healthcare Facility

FRANKLIN, N.C. (April 28, 2017) – Mission Health, a not-for-profit health system based in Asheville, North Carolina and Angel Medical Center (AMC), a not-for-profit Mission Health member hospital located in Franklin, North Carolina announced today their plan for a $43 million investment in a new, state-of-the-art replacement hospital for Macon County and surrounding community.

Following the approval of the Angel Medical Center Board, on Thursday April 27, the Mission Health Board of Directors approved the planned $43 million investment to replace Angel Medical Center’s current hospital.  This extraordinary contribution to the health and well-being of our community is the single largest investment in the history of Macon County. The new, state-of-the-art AMC facility is a key part of Mission Health’s Mission Future Ready initiative, an exceptional plan investing more than half a billion dollars region-wide to meet the future health needs of western North Carolina. To learn more about Mission Future Ready, please visit: http://missionfutureready.org/

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Angel Medical Center and Macon County.  There has never been more change than in today’s healthcare environment – from federal policy, to care delivery to technology and the ever growing demands on our facilities.  It’s our responsibility as Board leadership to be thoughtful, adapt to meet the needs of our valued communities and ensure sustainability for decades to come,” said Angel Medical Center Board Chair Jane Kimsey.  “Our remarkable investment in this new facility supports our vision to deliver the highest quality services and an exceptional patient, family and team member experience for the long-term benefit of Macon County’s patients and families.”

“As the largest healthcare provider in the region, Mission Health is committed to investing in the health and wellbeing of our communities throughout our 18-county region.  Our goal is to help each and every resident of western North Carolina Be Well, Get Well and Stay Well.  Our unprecedented investment in Macon County’s Angel Medical Center is just one example of our relentless commitment to delivering the best care in state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of our patients and families,” said Mission Health President and CEO Ronald A. Paulus, MD, during a press conference announcing the planned investment in Asheville Friday morning.

Mission Health and AMC leadership underwent a comprehensive strategic master facility planning consultation for evaluation and assessment of Angel Medical Center where it was determined that construction of a new facility designed to meet the needs of the community for decades to come, rather than renovation of the current, outdated structure was clearly in the best interest of the community.

Both Boards’ decisions were based on the outcomes of this facility assessment as well as a 10-year review of the community, based on demographics and the long-term healthcare needs of the population.

AMC and Mission Health will share more information about the new facility and incorporate community feedback in the months to come.

ABOUT ANGEL MEDICAL CENTER

Angel Medical Center, a member of Mission Health, is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital serving Macon and the surrounding counties. Located in Franklin, N.C., Angel Medical Center is a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital offering inpatient services that include a women’s and children’s health unit, an intensive care unit, and a medical and surgical unit. Outpatient services include a wound clinic, chemotherapy services, a full laboratory, digital mammography, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, rehab therapy, as well as surgical and endoscopy services. The hospital also operates My Care Now and CarePartners Home Health & Hospice. For more information, please visit angelmed.org.

ABOUT MISSION HEALTH

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. For the fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health in 2017. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post- acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.