McDowell Hospital Gets Five Star Rating

MARION, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2016) – High-quality healthcare and reinvesting in facilities has earned McDowell Hospital a top rating from a national financial consulting firm.

The hospital is in the top 20 percent of all hospitals ranked by this year’s Cleverley + Associates Community Value Index Leadership Award.

The company designated it a “Five-Star Hospital.”

The Community Value Index components include:

  • Financial viability and plant reinvestment
  • Hospital cost structure
  • Hospital charge structure
  • Hospital quality performance

“This award recognizes that patients receive exceptional care close to home at McDowell Hospital,” said Carol Wolfenbarger, President of McDowell Hospital. “It also reflects the commitment we have to reinvesting in our community with a $45 million expansion that will offer state-of-the-art services to the McDowell County area.”

The expansion, a new 108,000 square-foot hospital and medical office building, is being built in front of the existing hospital. It will offer expanded emergency room services, family-friendly inpatient rooms and updated imaging equipment.

It is scheduled for completion in 2018.

About McDowell Hospital

McDowell Hospital, a member of Mission Health, is a not-for-profit community hospital serving McDowell County. Located in Marion, N.C., McDowell Hospital is licensed for 65 beds and has more than 400 employees, including 120 RNs. Medical specialties offered include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology. Currently, five of McDowell

Hospital’s primary care practices have been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as Rural Health Clinics. For more information, please visit

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems from 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, becoming the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health 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. 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.

About Cleverley + Associates

Cleverley + Associates is a privately owned, professional service organization specializing in core financial strength services for the hospital industry. We provide independent, objective information to hospitals and to organizations serving the healthcare industry.

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