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36 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 1 HEALTH & WELLNESS Health & Wellness When we decide to go out to eat for dinner or pick a hotel for a weekend getaway, many of us use apps like Yelp, Zomato, or TripAdvisor – right? Their reviews are by the "rank-and-file" who have eaten (or stayed there) before us and been pleased (or displeased) with the outcome. Did you know that there are similar surveys and reviews even for healthcare options? Fortunately for Western North Carolina, its largest employer (in fact, the largest employer west of Charlotte) is among the best, not only in the state but in the nation by reviews of both patients and professionals. Last year Mission Hospital ranked among the top 1% of "Best Hospitals" nationally as determined by Healthgrades for the sixth year in a row. To add to their accolades, Business North Carolina (BNC) just this spring announced Mission #1 in its list of Best Hospitals in the state of North Carolina (ending up in a tie with Duke University Hospital for the honor). Business North Carolina is a top source of business and commerce information for the state and identified Mission from data and reviews received via the Center for Medicare Services as well as U.S. News and World Report, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Leapfrog Group of Washington, D.C. BNC identified hospitals that consistently perform at a superior level while effectively managing rising health care costs. Factors like: patient satisfaction, BY STUART JAMES data and infection, readmission, and death rates for common conditions and procedures were included in the assessment process. "I'm delighted that BNC chose to recognize Mission Hospital's clinical excellence, high patience satisfaction, superb patient outcomes, low readmission rates, focus on efficiency and consumer engagement for the 2nd consecutive year," said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. "The publication also noted the remarkable investment Mission Health is making to continue to provide the best, state-of-the-art care for all of Western North Carolina with its new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine, now under construction." Mission Health (whose flagship hospital is based in Asheville) operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery units, a post-acute care provider, long-term acute care provider and the region's only dedicated Level II trauma center. Mission Health member hospitals include Transylvania Regional Hospital, Angel Medical Center, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. In Asheville alone the system operates seven centers incluing those for treatment of cancer, heart, neurosciences, orthopedics, trauma, women's health, and also a children's hospital (the region's only children's hospital). The Asheville hospital is the busiest surgical hospital west of Raleigh and the second busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. As a part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is now supported by Duke University Health System, world-renown for their leadership in clinical excellence and quality care and LifePoint Health's extensive resources, knowledge and experience in operating community hospitals. Duke LifePoint Healthcare provides quality, compassionate and convenient healthcare at all three hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties, and an outpatient facility in Macon County. HRMC provides high-quality health care for the people of Haywood County and surrounding communities, offering over twenty-three specialties, a health and fitness center, an outpatient care center, eight physician clinics and a hospice and palliative care facility. The Haywood Regional Outpatient Care Center provides convenient and compassionate care in an outpatient setting. The outpatient care center is conveniently located on the campus of Haywood Regional Medical Center, nestled between the hospital and the Health & Fitness Center. Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice & Palliative Care offers six inpatient hospice beds for the community. The Homestead is the first facility of its' kind west of Asheville. >> first class care, regional access

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