Making Good: Together, Changing Lives and Growing Opportunities for Western North Carolina
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 14, 2018) – Today, Mission Health released its 2017 Annual Report, Making Good: Together, Changing Lives and Growing Opportunities for Western North Carolina, which tells the stories of how Mission Health is continuing its more than 130-year legacy of service and caring.
In 2017, Mission Health’s total community benefit in serving the needs of the people in the 18 western-most counties of North Carolina totaled more than $201 million. The stories of these partnerships and community investments are at the heart of what Mission Health does 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our mission – to improve the health of the people of western North Carolina – made by the Ladies of the Flower Mission more than a century ago, continues in new and innovative ways. Health and healing is an ongoing journey.
“We continue to care for our patients, establish partnerships with neighboring organizations and invest in our communities in remarkable ways,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “For an unprecedented sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health and Mission Hospital was recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018-2019 edition of Best Hospitals. Today, Mission Health is delivering on the original promise of the Little Flower Mission through the work of more than 12,000 healthcare professionals and team members who provide all forms of care – from preventive care to critical lifesaving procedures, to rehabilitative and hospice services – and the associated support services that contribute to the vitality of our community.”
The annual report goes beyond the financials of Mission Health to tell the stories of clinical innovations as well as the economic impact and career opportunities in our local communities. It also explores Mission Health partnerships with local businesses and agencies – from law enforcement and social services, to educational institutions like A-B Tech, MAHEC and Western Carolina University, to community nonprofits like Green Opportunities, Project SEARCH, Haywood Street Respite and Homeward Bound.
Partnerships come in many forms. Some are reflected in the stories and data related to our 2017 Community Investment grants. Other partnerships are within an organization, or between organizations, seeking to shed new light on an old process, or to bring different concepts together in creative and innovative ways.
“Mission Health cares deeply about the people of western North Carolina. Through our partnerships, innovations and daily commitment to improving the Mission Experience, the spirit of our founders continues to guide our work,” Dr. Paulus said. “Whether it’s navigating changes to the economy, vacillating healthcare policy, caring for our aging population or adjusting to the ever-shifting winds of political change, Mission Health has not only adapted, but become one of the very best and most respected health systems in the nation.”
To view Mission’s Annual Report, visit missionhealth.org/makinggood. The report is available for download at the very bottom of the page.
ABOUT MISSION HEALTH
Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2018, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. We are 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 missionhealth.org or @MissionHealthNC.