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Brevard, N.C., Oct. 29, 2012 – Officials with Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) and Mission Health announced today that TRH has completed the process to become a full member hospital of Mission Health. TRH had been in a management agreement with Mission Health since Jan. 1, 2011.
“Transylvania Regional Hospital is committed to providing the best quality care to patients in our community, while working to maintain, enhance and increase access to care locally. Our relationship with Mission Health supports that commitment,” said Bob Bednarek, president and CEO of Transylvania Regional Hospital. “Mission Health is invested in our community, and our membership with Mission positions us well for the future so that we can keep physicians in our local community, ensure that our facilities in Brevard remain current and continue to deliver the outstanding local care that patients in Transylvania County have come to expect from their hospital.”
“As the only locally owned and governed health system in our region, Mission Health exists solely to serve the residents of western North Carolina. Our goal is to continue to ensure access to quality local healthcare close to home in Transylvania County while improving the lives of people across our region,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, president and CEO of Mission Health. “Transylvania Regional Hospital is nationally recognized for providing quality care, and we are proud to embrace them as a full member of the Mission Health family as we jointly pursue our BIG(GER) Aim – getting each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience.”
Through this conversion, TRH will extend its Mission Health membership benefits, building upon its existing advantages including: better volume-based pricing for supplies and services, participation in Mission’s best-in-class quality improvement services and inclusion in Mission’s Great Places to Work and Practice initiative – a national model that strives to create an outstanding work environment. Both Mission Health and TRH will benefit from sharing knowledge and experiences in patient and quality care to continue to improve the health of residents across western North Carolina.
“When we began this journey more than three years ago, our board wanted to partner with an organization that was as committed to western North Carolina as we were,” said Bob Maxwell, past chairman of Transylvania Regional Hospital's Board of Trustees. “Mission Health is an outstanding partner and healthcare provider. We couldn’t be more pleased with how our relationship has developed— the results have been exceptional for our hospital and most importantly, for our community.”
About Transylvania Regional Hospital
Transylvania Regional Hospital is a nationally ranked Top Performer for Quality by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. The hospital is a leading provider of quality healthcare services in Transylvania and surrounding counties and is a member of Mission Health. Based in Brevard, N.C., it is a not-for-profit hospital founded in 1933 and is the largest employer in Transylvania County.
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. In 2012 Mission Health was named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters – the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.
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 over 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 and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. 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, visit Mission-Health.org.