For the Media


WCU, Mission Health Using $1.3 Million Grant to Enhance Training for FNP Students

CULLOWHEE – August 21, 2017 – A long-running partnership between Western Carolina University and Mission Health System to improve the quality of health care in Western North Carolina reached a milestone recently when the federal government awarded a $1.3 million grant to boost the readiness of students graduating from WCU’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program. The grant to WCU’s School of […]

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Mission Health Announces Plan to Help Consumers Affected by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Decision to Exclude Mission Health from its Network

ASHEVILLE – August 17, 2017 – Since Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has refused to engage in any dialogue toward a new contract, Mission Health has outlined a plan to help consumers affected by the inevitable end of its current contract with BCBSNC on October 5, 2017.  Mission’s transition plan will […]

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Former Mission Health Board Chair Takes Highest Honors at State Hospital Association

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2017) – Janice Brumit, Board Chair of Mission Medical Associates and a Mission Health Board Member, was awarded the coveted 2017 Trustee Merit Award from the North Carolina Hospital Association. The recognition, which is among the organization’s highest honors, was awarded July 20 during NCHA’s annual summer meeting in Myrtle Beach, […]

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Mission Health Protects Consumers Insured on the NC Health Insurance Exchange – Announces it Will Accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Existing Payment Rates for Health Exchange Patients

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 10, 2017) – Mission Health announced today that it has taken proactive and immediate steps to protect options for consumers who participate in the North Carolina health insurance exchange.  Specifically, Mission Health has offered to stay in-network and accept its current payment rates with no increase from Blue Cross Blue Shield of […]

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Mission Health Awarded $1.25 Million Grant From The Duke Endowment for Integration of Behavioral Health with Primary Care Services

(ASHEVILLE, NC) August 7, 2017 – Mission Health is the recipient of a pivotal $1.25 million grant from The Duke Endowment, a private foundation whose areas of focus include health and wellness. The Endowment grant will allow Mission Health to integrate behavioral health care together with primary care throughout western North Carolina, Mission’s 18 county […]

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Mission Health and Aetna Sign Multi-Year Agreement

ASHEVILLE – July 31, 2017 – Mission Health and Aetna have signed a new, multi-year agreement providing Aetna customers who receive healthcare benefits through their employers with in-network access to Mission Health’s hospitals, outpatient centers and employed physicians across western North Carolina. This agreement provides employers in western North Carolina with further access to competitively […]

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Mission Health and Cigna Sign Multi-Year Agreement

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 24, 2017) – Mission Health and Cigna have signed a new agreement providing Cigna customers who get health care benefits through their employers with in-network access to Mission Health’s hospitals, outpatient centers and employed physicians across western North Carolina. “We are pleased to continue our long-standing, collaborative relationship with Cigna, and to […]

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Project Access Receives Three-Year Funding Award from The Duke Endowment

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 16, 2017) – Together with Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS), Mission Health today announced it has been awarded a $750,000 grant over three years from The Duke Endowment to support and expand WCMS’ Project Access charity care program. In 1996, WCMS and its physician leaders recognized the real need to create a […]

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Twenty-Six Mission Health Physicians Complete Year-Long Leadership Fellowship Designed by Center for Transformation and Innovation to Enhance Engagement, Collaboration, and Innovative Thought

(Asheville, NC) July 10, 2017 – Mission Health partnered with the Tampa, Florida-based Center for Transformation and Innovation (CTI) and its Physician Leadership Institute to provide a 26-member group of talented and engaged physicians with an enriching educational opportunity through a year-long Physician Leadership Fellowship. CTI focuses on working with health system clients to provide […]

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Mission Health’s Innovative Use of Technology Earns Health System Recognition as One of Nation’s Most Wired From the American Hospital Association

(Asheville, N.C. July 10, 2017) – Mission Health was recently named one of America’s Most Wired Health Systems by the American Hospital Association, a national organization that serves, educates, and advocates for healthcare networks, hospitals, healthcare leaders, and patients through its work on health policy and regulation. The AHA annually recognizes health systems who are […]

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Mission Health Delivers Notice of Intent to Terminate its Contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 5, 2017) – Today, Mission Health announced it has delivered  notice of intent to terminate its contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) if ongoing negotiations fail to reach an agreement.  The notice establishes a specific deadline for new contracts to be in place by midnight October 4, […]

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Mission Hospitals, Inc. Attains American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award With Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Elite Plus Ranking

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 28, 2017) – Mission Hospital is pleased to announce that it has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Elite Plus status. This coveted recognition means that Mission Hospital is among the subset of hospitals across the […]

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