Western NC

VOL12 ISS2 2017

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34 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 HEALTH & WELLNESS Health & Wellness From its largest physician/hospital system to the smaller stand-alone independent office, each medical professional strives to make the Western North Carolina region excellent in his or her discipline. The area is rich with several large health systems as well as a vast number of independent practitioners providing health coverage to this, rather large, geographic region of the state. By far the leading provider of health services is Mission Health, based in Asheville. The state's sixth-largest health system and recognized as one of the nation's Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, Mission 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. Mission Health employs approximately 12,000 team members and directs 2,000 volunteers dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. As mentioned, for a remarkable fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation's Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics. The Truven Health study identifies the nation's 15 best health systems based upon objective care quality standards and is the only study that aggregates both individual hospital and health system- level performance to allow health system leaders BY LAUREL HYATT and consumers to identify and compare true leaders in clinical quality and efficiency. According to Mission Health President and CEO, Ronald A. Paulus, "Receiving this recognition for an unprecedented fifth time in six years recognizes our unwavering commitment to exceptional care, clinical excellence and evidence-based, standardized care and, most importantly, our dedication to the community we are so privileged to serve. Our physicians, nurses and other team members are simply extraordinary. Each strives to exceed our patients' expectations and to improve every aspect of the care we provide to the people across western North Carolina." Mission Health has consistently outperformed other local, regional and national providers by saving more lives and causing fewer complications, following industry-recommended standards of care more closely, making fewer patient safety errors and scoring better on overall patient satisfaction. To the west of Asheville at Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC), excellence is not the goal, it is the expectation. They continuously explore and pursue new ways to expand access to quality care close to home, and improve patient safety and the overall patient experience. Because of their affiliation with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, their community hospital is being supported with more resources than ever before. Duke LifePoint combines Duke University Health System's unparalleled expertise in clinical excellence and quality care with LifePoint Health's extensive financial resources, knowledge, and experience in operating community healthcare organizations. Because of this partnership, HRMC has access to some of the best clinicians in the world, continues to benefit from capital investments that include state-of-the-art technology and new medical equipment, is supported by industry-leading operating practices and principles, and has the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from an extensive network of seasoned healthcare professionals. 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.>> first class care, regional access

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