Three local hospitals recognized in statewide ranking

From the press release:

Asheville, N.C. – March 7, 2012 – Mission Health announced today that Mission Hospital finished No. 1 in a statewide hospital ranking released by Business North Carolina magazine. McDowell Hospital finished 20th in the same ranking, while Angel Medical Center finished No. 1 in a survey of patients.

“North Carolina is known to provide excellence in healthcare with many excellent health systems,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD – President & CEO of Mission Health. “What motivates me the most about these achievements is the fact that this data is driven by how successfully, not how often, hospitals treat patients.”

The magazine scored North Carolina hospitals based on 12 criteria, examining patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and how the hospitals are rated by other organizations. Mission Hospital and UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill each received the highest overall score.

In a separate ranking, the magazine used a national patient survey by the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems to rate North Carolina hospitals. The survey asked if patients who had an overnight or longer stay would recommend the hospital to family and friends. Angel Medical Center, a Mission Health member hospital, ranked highest in the survey with an 83 percent rating, tied with UNC Hospitals and Duke University Hospital in Durham. Mission Hospital was tied at No. 9 with an 81 percent rating. The national average is 70 percent and the North Carolina average is 71 percent.

“We strive to meet or exceed patients’ needs and expectations, and work as a team to improve every aspect of care and service in our organization,” said Paulus. “Our BIG(GER) Aim is to ensure that each patient achieves the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience.”

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, NC, is the state’s sixth largest health system and the tertiary care regional referral center for Western NC and the adjoining region. In 2012, Mission Health was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 15 health systems in the nation – the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.

Founded in 1885, Mission Health is a not-for-profit, independent community hospital system that operates four hospitals, numerous out-patient and surgery centers, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 750 physicians, and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Centers of excellence include heart, stroke care and neurosciences, and pediatrics. Mission Hospital, the system’s flagship hospital, is licensed for 730 beds and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. Other Mission hospitals include Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion, and Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville.

Approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to serving and improving the health and wellness of the people of Western North Carolina.


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