Mission Hospital One of Only 63 Hospitals Nationwide Named to U.S. News & World Report’s “High Performing” List

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 11, 2016) – Mission Hospital was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a one of the nation’s few “high performing” hospital in the media outlet’s annual ranking of all U.S. hospitals.  Specifically, Mission Hospital was one of only 63 hospitals in the nation to receive high marks in every one of nine separate inpatient surgical procedures and chronic conditions.  U.S. News evaluated the performance of more than 4,500 hospitals in creating its list, placing Mission Hospital among the elite providers in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings, which were released last week, examined survival, patient safety, nurse staffing and other factors at 4,500 hospitals nationwide.  It gave Mission Hospital “high performing” marks for the nine most common adult procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair; aortic valve surgery; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); colon cancer surgery; heart bypass surgery; heart failure; hip replacement; knee replacement; and lung cancer surgery.  In addition, Mission Hospital received “high performing” ratings for its adult medical specialty treatment for nephrology, orthopedics, and pulmonology, and was recognized as one of the best hospitals in the state.

“Mission Hospital is very honored, but not surprised with this ranking, as providing exceptional patient care is our core mission,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, chief operating officer, Mission Health System and president, Mission Hospital.  “As just one example, when a patient comes to Mission Hospital’s emergency department with a heart attack, it takes on average only 42 minutes to reopen the blood vessel causing the heart attack, less than half the national benchmark of 90 minutes.”

Green said she was particularly proud of Mission Hospital’s high scores in patient safety, noting that that the relentless focus on reducing harm results in patients at Mission Hospital having a nearly fifty percent lower chance of death than at the typical hospital – among the very risk-adjusted mortality performance in the nation – saving the lives of more than 600 residents and visitors to western North Carolina every year when compared to its already better than average performance just five years ago.

“This recognition is a testament to the dedication, experience and expertise of the physicians and caregivers at Mission Hospital and Mission Health as a whole,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, president and CEO of Mission Health. “We strive every day to provide safe, high quality, compassionate care to each patient, and we are constantly investing in our people, facilities and technology to ensure that every family in western North Carolina can receive the best care possible for generations to come.” 

Additional information on the U.S. News & World Report rankings is available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/nc.
For more on Mission Health’s awards, please visit the Awards & Facts page 

About Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, N.C., 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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