The New McDowell Hospital: Mock Patient Room

Marion, N.C. (May 2, 2016) – Visitors to McDowell Hospital will notice something new in the hospital’s main lobby. A temporary mock patient room has been constructed which gives an idea of what the future patient rooms will look like when the new hospital is completed.

“The mock patient room provides a basic representation of our new inpatient rooms,” said Carol Wolfenbarger, President, McDowell Hospital. “These rooms are approximately 100 square feet larger than McDowell Hospital’s current patient rooms and are specifically designed with patient care and safety in mind.”

The new rooms will feature:

  • Comfort mattresses.
  • Designated staff work space.
  • Closets for patients to store their personal belongings.
  • Accessible patient bathrooms that allow for both assisted and independent showers.
  • Whiteboards for increased communication with caregivers.
  • Nursing workstations located outside each patient room, allowing caregivers to remain closer to patients.
  • Designated visitor and family space which includes specially designed chairs that convert into beds, enhancing patient and family-centered care.

For updates on the McDowell Hospital construction project, visit 

About McDowell Hospital

McDowell Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital serving McDowell County. Located in Marion, North Carolina, the hospital is licensed for 65 beds and has more than 400 employees, including 120 RNs. Medical specialties offered by McDowell Hospital include: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology. Currently, five of its primary care practices have been recognized by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as Rural Health Clinics. McDowell Hospital is a member of Mission Health, a Top 15 Health System. For more information, please visit

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 or @MissionHealthNC.

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