Mission Health to Begin Rock Blasting for New Hospital on August 23

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 18, 2016) – As part of the $400 million project to build the new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine, Mission Hospital announced today it would begin blasting rock on August 23 at 1:30 p.m.

The current design and schedule calls for approximately 36 days of blasts—one blast per day, up to five days per week over a nine-week period. Every blast will occur precisely at 1:30 p.m. with audible warning signals starting 10 minutes prior to any detonation. The process is being overseen by industry-leading contractors Brasfield & Gorrie and KESCO, Inc.

Disruption to local roads and walkways will be minimal and only for a few minutes before any detonation. The following diagram shows where there will be traffic and sidewalk control:

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Once completed in 2019, the hospital’s new 12-story patient tower will boast 220 patient rooms, 97 beds in a dramatically expanded emergency department, consolidated operating rooms and interventional cardiology and radiology capabilities. The project is a key component of Mission Health’s “Future Ready” effort to meet the region’s growing healthcare needs.

Visit www.MissionFutureReady.org to learn more, see building renderings, real-time webcams, key stats and sign up for updates as well as track progress across the Mission health system. 

About Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, North Carolina, is a not-for-profit hospital that serves as the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care in western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission Hospital is licensed for 730 beds and houses the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. The flagship hospital of Mission Health, Mission Hospital was ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics from 2009 to 2015. 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 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 mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.

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