Mission Hospital Achieves Excellence Recognition for Workplace Health

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 28, 2016) – Mission Hospital in Asheville has been recognized for its commitment to employee health. Healthy Together NC, in partnership with The Duke Endowment and the NC Hospital Association, has awarded Mission with the Excellence Recognition for reaching the highest standards in workplace health and prevention.

Mission achieved this recognition for the second consecutive year by earning straight As in four modules of WorkHealthy America, a Prevention Partners initiative addressing tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition, and the overall culture around health and wellness. The Excellence Recognition honors Mission’s commitment to employee health as demonstrated by its policies, programs and benefits to support employee health, optimize employee productivity and integrate wellness into daily operations.

“We’re very pleased that Mission has earned this recognition for two consecutive years,” said Kathy Bumgarner, Vice President for Total Rewards at Mission Health.  “Our philosophy as a healthcare system is to help our entire community be well, get well and stay well, and we know that process begins with encouraging our own employees to focus on healthy behaviors, helping them in turn be better able to deliver exceptional patient care. WorkHealthy America has provided tools and resources to help us build and sustain our ongoing efforts for a healthy workplace.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged the WorkHealthy America Excellence standard as one of the highest achievements in building a healthy workplace.

”Mission Hospital sets a high bar in establishing a workplace where employees can make healthy choices,” said Meg Molloy, President and CEO of Prevention Partners. “I applaud this great effort and the commitment of Mission’s leadership in creating a culture of wellness.”

About Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is a not-for-profit community hospital that serves as the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care in western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission Hospital houses the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center and only children’s hospital. The hospital is licensed for 795 beds and employs more than 6,800 people, including more than 1,800 RNs. Mission Hospital is the flagship hospital of Mission Health, a Top 15 Health System. For more information, please visit mission-health.org.

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.

About Prevention Partners 

The nonprofit Prevention Partners builds healthier communities through a suite of products that guide schools, workplaces, hospitals and clinics to address the leading causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity. Learn more: www.forprevention.org/excellence.

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