Mission Health, the region’s largest, not-for-profit healthcare system, granted $1 million dollars to the new event center – named the Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center – located on the main campus of A-B Tech.
Construction of the spacious Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center and its adjoining 650-space parking garage was made possible by funds collected from a 1/4-cent sales tax approved by Buncombe County voters. Opened in January 2016, the conference center is located at Victoria Road and Fernihurst Drive near the Mission Health complex and behind Asheville High School.
“Mission Health is honored to support the A-B Tech conference center which will be a great, multifunctional resource for so many in our region. We continually look for opportunities that will have a positive impact on the community we are so privileged to serve and that we value dearly,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health.
“We are extremely grateful for this generous gift that will enable us to purchase furniture and equipment for the new conference center,” said A-B Tech President Dennis King. “This gift is a result of the close relationship we have maintained with Mission Health and its previous entities since 1960. Several thousand students from our Allied Health programs have received their clinical training at Mission; and, in keeping with our workforce development mission, many of those students graduated and began their first professional jobs at Mission.”
Mission also supports A-B Tech through financial aid for students, equipment donations and a variety of joint programs according to King. “Mission’s support of A-B Tech directly benefits our students, employees and the community,” he said.