Information for the Community Regarding Mission Health’s Hurricane Preparations and What Area Residents Should Know

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (September 14, 2018) – Mission Health has been participating in statewide calls to support evacuation efforts since Monday. Although most evacuated patients have been bedded by hospitals further east, Mission has been receiving ambulatory evacuees through the Emergency Department. We will continue to evaluate state transfer needs and assist as capacity allows. As a system, we are preparing every hospital with additional resources including supplies and staffing to prepare for the event. We will continue to partner with the state to assist in any way we can.

Mission Health’s six emergency departments will remain open 24/7 to continue caring for life-threatening conditions during the storm. Our inclement weather plans are designed to provide the safest, highest quality care environment for our patients and team members before, during and after the storm.

If you need care for non-life-threatening issues during this severe weather event, consider:

  • Mission Virtual Clinic for common illnesses. Visit missionhealth.org/virtualclinic. From the convenience of your home, a physician or advanced practitioner will evaluate your symptoms, diagnose and create a treatment plan for common illnesses.
  • Mission My Care Now for more complex illnesses including allergies, asthma, anxiety, depression, stabilizing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, colds and flu, headaches, minor injuries, muscle and joint pain, sinus infections, stomach pain, and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Services are for people of all ages. Call 828-213-4444 or visit missionhealth.org/mission-my-care-now for hours and locations.

Whether seeking shelter here or residing in our community, there may be the need to find care for little ones during the storm. Mission Health is ready and able to provide care for individuals coming from out of town. Parents with children who have conditions such as seizures, asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, etc. and are being managed by a pediatric specialists may contact Mission Children’s Hospital at 828-213-1740 to inquire about care for their child. Read more about caring for children during the storm: blog.mission-health.org/2018/09/12/pediatric-care-hurricane-florence/.

ABOUT MISSION HEALTH
Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2018, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. 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 missionhealth.org or @MissionHealthNC.

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