Mission Health grants $1 Million to A-B Tech

Mission Health is granting $1 million to A-B Tech's new event center located on its main campus.
Mission Health is granting $1 million to A-B Tech's new event center located on its main campus. Photo courtesy of A-B Tech

From A-B Tech:

Mission Health Grants $1 Million to New A-B Tech Conference Center

Asheville – Mission Health, the region’s largest, not-for-profit healthcare system, granted $1 million dollars to the new event center – named the Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center – located on the main campus of A-B Tech.

Construction of the spacious Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center and its adjoining 650-space parking garage was made possible by funds collected from a 1/4-cent sales tax approved by Buncombe County voters. Opened in January 2016, the conference center is located at Victoria Road and Fernihurst Drive near the Mission Health complex and behind Asheville High School.

“Mission Health is honored to support the A-B Tech conference center which will be a great, multifunctional resource for so many in our region. We continually look for opportunities that will have a positive impact on the community we are so privileged to serve and that we value dearly,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous gift that will enable us to purchase furniture and equipment for the new conference center,” said A-B Tech President Dennis King. “This gift is a result of the close relationship we have maintained with Mission Health and its previous entities since 1960. Several thousand students from our Allied Health programs have received their clinical training at Mission; and, in keeping with our workforce development mission, many of those students graduated and began their first professional jobs at Mission.”

Mission also supports A-B Tech through financial aid for students, equipment donationsand a variety of joint programs according to King. “Mission’s support of A-B Tech directly benefits our students, employees and the community, he said.

About A-B Tech

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 50 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology. The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin and Goodwill locations.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. Mission Health is the only health system in the nation to receive this recognition four years in a row, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve Top 15 recognition.

Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, 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. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 763 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. 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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