Mission Hospital honors organ and tissue donors, will fly ‘Donate Life’ flag during month of April


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Press release

From Mission Health

Asheville, N.C. (April 23, 2013) – Mission Hospital honored organ and tissue donors and their families by hosting a Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony on April 18. Mission Hospital will fly the Donate Life Flag during the month of April, National Donate Life Month. This display is part of a national initiative known as Flags Across America which celebrates the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ, eye and tissue donation.

“Mission Hospital is proud to be part of this national initiative to encourage organ and tissue donation,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, President of Mission Hospital and Mission Medical Associates. “Donors and their families are truly unsung heroes. Mission Hospital recognizes the importance of these life- saving gifts and we encourage all individuals to consider registering as a donor.”

Speakers at the Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony will include Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health, Mayor Terry M. Bellamy of the City of Asheville and a donor recipient.

Locally, Mission Hospital partners with LifeShare Of The Carolinas to save lives through organ and tissue donation. LifeShare Of The Carolinas is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life through the provision of organs and tissues for transplantation. LifeShare is designated by the federal government to serve 40 hospitals in a 22-county area of southwestern North Carolina.

For more information and to register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, please visit donatelife.net.

About Mission Hospital
Mission Hospital, based 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 houses the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Mission Hospital has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health.
Mission Hospital is the flagship hospital of Mission Health, recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013 and is the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction. This year, Mission Hospital was also ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for a record fifth consecutive year, and named as one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review. Mission Hospital was further recognized nationally by The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems as one of North Carolina’s “Patient Picks” hospitals, was named a “Standout Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report and tied for second as one of “Business North Carolina’s Best Hospitals.” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina also named Mission Hospital a “Cutting-Edge Hospital” for quality and expertise in the delivery of specific surgical procedures. Mission Hospital is licensed for 730 beds and employs more than 6,500 people, including over 1,800
RNs. Mission Hospital is committed to serving its community and improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org.

About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., 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 was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.

Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers 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 730 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, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 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.


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