Mission Health Recognized for Worker Safety 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 15, 2016) – Mission Health is one of the safest places in the nation for patients and now it is also among the safest places to work in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Department of Labor’s Safety Awards Program gave Mission Health a First Year Gold Award for its improvements in worker safety.  To receive a Gold Award a work site must be 50 percent or more below the national industry average of days away from work, job transfers, or restrictions due to accidents and illness.

“As we do with our patients, Mission Health places a tremendous emphasis on the safety of our caregivers.  This award is evidence of that commitment as we continually strive toward our BIG(GER) Aim:  to get each 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. Chris DeRienzo, Chief Quality Officer.

The awards program, which stared in 1946, recognizes public and private companies that achieve and maintain good safety records.  More than 5,000 companies are involved in the program and about 3,000 awards are presented annually.

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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