Mission Health Details Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine Plans

Effort Represents Unwavering Commitment to the Highest Quality Healthcare 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 11, 2016) – The public got its first detailed look at the extraordinary Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine when Mission Health unveiled a new website with renderings, real-time webcams, key stats and other information for the more than $400 million replacement project.

“As the region’s only state-of-the art, tertiary-quaternary medical center, the new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine facility will equal or exceed the world’s best,” said Dr. Ronald A. Paulus, President and CEO of Mission Health.  “We believe that when combined with the exceptional skill and compassion of our nurses, physicians and other caregivers, this unprecedented new facility will establish a new standard in patient care and ensure that everyone in western North Carolina will have access to state-of-the-art technology and the best possible care for many decades to come.”

This project is a key component of Mission Health’s plan to meet the future health needs of western North Carolina as part of its Mission Future Ready initiative.  Collectively, Mission Health is investing nearly half a billion dollars region-wide – by far the largest investment ever made in the history of the region, a marker of the caring and confidence of Mission’s community Board to help everyone in our region Be Well, Get Well and Stay Well.

The new 12-story patient tower in Asheville will combine the older St. Joseph and Memorial facilities, consolidate the two Asheville campuses, and create: 220 patient rooms, a significantly expanded state-of-the-art emergency department with 97 beds, consolidated operating, pre-op and recovery space along with interventional cardiology and radiology space that allows for true multidisciplinary, team-based interventional care with the very latest technology.  Importantly, the facility was designed to embrace patients and families throughout the care process – including sleep-in rooms – and includes a unique energy efficiency focus and design that will set a new standard and support future innovation.

Mission Hospital is among the busiest hospitals in the nation, according to federal data.  As a result of superb clinicians and quality improvement methods that have been emphasized over the past six years, over 600 patients went home from Mission Hospital who would have died at the typical hospital nationwide.  As just one example, when a patient comes to our emergency department in the midst of a heart attack, it takes only an average of 42 minutes from the time of arrival until the blocked blood vessel causing the heart attack is opened by our incredible clinicians and blood flow returns – that’s less than half the national goal of 90 minutes, and in the top ten percent of the nation.

“These investments in Asheville and in the rest of the region are critical as we continually strive toward our BIG(GER) Aim:  to get every person to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for every person, family and team member,” said Dr. Paulus.

Excavation began in late June and should be finished by November, with construction starting shortly thereafter. The project is expected to create 1,300 area jobs and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Visit www.MissionFutureReady.org to 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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