Mission Health’s Angel Medical Center and Transylvania Regional Hospital Named 2017 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals

ASHEVILLE, NC (February 10, 2017) – Two Mission Health member hospitals recently earned coveted places on 2017’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospital list, which is created annually by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics, and the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Franklin’s Angel Medical Center and Transylvania Regional Hospital, located in Brevard, were recognized, and are the only North Carolina honorees. The list was published by Becker’s Hospital Review, a top hospital and health system industry news and analysis publication.

Critical Access Hospitals are rural community hospitals with twenty-five or fewer beds that serve as vital safety net institutions, crucial to preserving the health of rural communities. Those communities are often populated by older, sicker, and more complex populations, as is the case with the communities that Angel Medical Center and Transylvania Regional Hospital serve.

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals list is informed by comprehensive research performed by The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm that works to improve healthcare delivery by providing a host of consulting services to the country’s most prominent healthcare providers. The firm conducted the 2017 Rural Relevance Study: Vulnerability to Value, a detailed and objective examination of the special challenges that currently face rural healthcare providers, which was the primary source used to assess and select awardees. Over 2,000 hospitals were included in the analysis, with only 100 selected for the entire United States.

“We are proud to see the work of our amazing caregivers recognized,” said Kathleen Culhane Guyette, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals, “and see this acknowledgement as an affirmation of the compassion and excellence that we provide our community members, who inspire us to keep striving to provide the most advanced regional care.”

The Vulnerability to Value study examined Critical Access Hospital performance to determine which institutions excelled as care providers in 2017. The Chartis Group considered a diverse range of factors, including each hospital’s ability to successfully manage risk and operate at a lower cost than their peers, proficiency in providing superior care, history of earning increased patient satisfaction, and reputation for enjoying consistently positive patient outcomes. Both Angel Medical Center and Transylvania Regional Hospital struck a balance between these often competing factors.

Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health, expressed pride in the caregivers and leaders of Angel Medical Center and Transylvania Regional Hospital. “This ranking is given to hospitals that earn high marks in clinical excellence, consistent fiscal competence, and maintaining agility within a constantly and rapidly shifting healthcare landscape. These achievements echo Mission Health’s BIG(GER) AIM: to get every person to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for each person, family and team member,” he said.


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 12,000 team members 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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