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Angel Medical Center Announces Changes to OB/GYN Program

FRANKLIN, NC (April 25, 2017) – Angel Medical Center (AMC), a not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital located in Franklin, North Carolina, has announced plans to modify its OB/GYN program with the goal of sustaining women’s health services and hospital services in Macon County. AMC will discontinue labor and delivery services but will continue to provide pre- […]

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Mission Health Named a Top 15 Health System in the Nation by Truven Health Analytics

ASHEVILLE, NC (April 22, 2017) – For a remarkable fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named once again one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health. The Truven Health study identifies the nation’s 15 best health systems […]

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Flu Restrictions Being Lifted at Mission Health’s Hospitals and Affiliates in WNC

/ March 24, 2017

The latest influenza-like illness (ILI) report from the state health department shows a decrease in flu-like illnesses in the region. As a result, Infection Prevention, in consultation with Mission’s Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Public Health Epidemiologist, is lifting visitor restrictions and reactivating the visitor limitation policy. The Mission Health Visitor Limitation Policy asks […]

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Mission Health Places Additional Flu-Related Restrictions on Visitations

/ March 8, 2017

  ASHEVILLE, NC (March 2, 2017) – Mission Health is restricting visitors to its hospitals because of an increase in reported influenza-like illness throughout North Carolina.  Only partners and immediate family members over the age of 12 will be permitted in patient care areas.  On December 23, 2016, Mission Health asked friends and family of […]

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Mission Health Tops Business North Carolina’s List of 2017 Top 10 Preferred Hospitals

ASHEVILLE, NC (March 6, 2017) – Business North Carolina, a top source of business and commerce information for the state, named Mission Hospital #1 in its list of Best Hospitals in the new March 2017 issue, in a tie with Duke University Hospital.  The list was created through objective analysis of all adult, acute-care hospitals […]

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Mission Health and UNC Asheville Enter Into Ambitious New Partnership That Promises Meaningful Benefits for Students, Mission Health Team Members, and the Asheville Community

Asheville, N.C. (February 6, 2017) – Ronald A. Paulus, MD, Mission Health President and CEO and UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant, PhD, announced today that the Asheville institutions they lead are entering into a new and ambitious partnership focused on health, wellness, education and engagement.  The announcement was made at a joint press conference […]

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Revolutionary Patient Monitoring System Developed in Partnership with Mission Health Dramatically Reduces Patient Fall and Injury Incidents

NEJM Catalyst Publication Features Mission Health Study ASHEVILLE, N.C. (January 26, 2017) –  Mission Health’s Center for Innovation and Neuro Trauma Unit eliminated patient falls, and the injuries typically associated with them, during a three-month pilot project using an innovative virtual observer system and clinical workflow redesign. This is an impressive accomplishment, as fall risk […]

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Case Study: Video Gaming Technology Reduces Mission Hospital Patient Falls

/ January 19, 2017

What do Mission Health and video games have in common? The answer may surprise you. With technology developed by the video gaming industry, Mission Health piloted a groundbreaking observation system designed to prevent costly patient falls. Xbox marks the spot? The Cerner Patient Observer – also known as the virtual sitter – allows hospital caregivers […]

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Wall Street Journal: How to Get the Most Out of a Doctors Visit

/ January 10, 2017

Dr. Shannon Dowler of the primary care provider team at Mission Health Biltmore Park was featured in a Jan. 9 story in the Wall Street Journal. Read the full article here, or visit

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Mission Health’s CEO Selected to Serve on National Committee

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (January 9, 2017) – Ronald A. Paulus, MD, Mission Health’s President and CEO, has been selected to serve on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Health Strategy and Innovation. In a letter to the appointed members, Nancy Howell Agee, Committee Chair and President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, said, “We look forward to […]

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Mission Health Gathers Donations for Local Fire Departments

The Western North Carolina community has donated tons of supplies in recent days to the men and women fighting forest fires and now there’s an opportunity for the community to show its support with letters. Fire crews have traveled to the Southeast from across the nation to help – giving up time with their families […]

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Mission Health’s President and CEO Testifies during U.S. Senate Hearing

/ July 12, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 12, 2016) –  Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Health testified today before the Senate Finance Committee at the hearing “Examining the Stark Law: Current Issues and Opportunities.” Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced Dr. Paulus.  “After testifying today, I am encouraged by the bipartisan discussion on the […]

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