Mission Health Named a Best and Brightest in Wellness® Company for 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 11, 2016) – Mission Health has been named a Best and Brightest in Wellness® company for 2015 by the National Association for Business Resources.  This distinction honors companies and organizations nationwide that celebrate excellence and quality in employee and worksite health.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition,” said Kathy Bumgarner, Vice President, Total Rewards, Mission Health. “It is especially gratifying that so many of our employees have embraced wellness as a way of life.  They are daily making fundamental, positive choices that are impacting not only their personal health, but also the health of their families, and ultimately our whole community.”

The 2015 winning companies were evaluated by an assessment, created and administered by SynBella, the nation’s leading wellness systems firm.  Company entries are examined statistically for quantitative data and examined on a point system based upon criteria to benchmark and improve wellness program effectiveness. Grading criteria include outcomes, analysis and tracking, participation and incentives, benefits and programs, leadership and employee input, as well as culture and environment.

“In this new year, we plan on continuing to expand our services and reach of care to better serve the population of western North Carolina,” said Anna Walz, Director, System Wellness, Mission Health.  “Our customized and proven wellness programs propel employees and community members alike to continue along the personal journey to always be well, get well and stay well.”

The Best and Brightest in Wellness® recognition celebrates those companies that are making their businesses more healthy, the lives of their employees better, and the community a healthier place to live. The Best and Brightest program provides yearlong education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction among the best employers across the nation.

Find the full list of 2015 Best and Brightest in Wellness® winners here.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. Mission Health is the only health system in the nation to receive this recognition four years in a row, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve Top 15 recognition.

Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, 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. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 763 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 10,700 employees 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.

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