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ASHEVILLE. N.C. (May 22, 2013) – Mission Foundation today announced that the inaugural Friends of Mission Charity Classic professional golf tournament raised $50,000 to benefit Mission Health’s Women’s Health Services.
“Congratulations to Guilia Molinaro on her commanding win in the first-ever Friends of Mission Charity Classic, and we extend an enormous thank you to the 144 women of the LPGA’s Symantra Tour for helping us to raise awareness of and funds for Mission’s Women’s Health Services,” said Bruce Thorsen, president of Mission Foundation, “We knew it was going to be a big event, a special event, and the community responded in kind with humbling generosity. These sponsorship gifts will be used fund programs that specifically benefit the health and well-being of the women of western North Carolina.”
In addition to supporting outreach initiatives that bring health screenings and special programs to women in communities across the region, proceeds from the golf tournament will be used to enhance services provided to women at Mission Hospital. Women have unique health needs, and Mission tries to offer those special services that include:
• Maternal fetal medicine unit for high risk pregnancies. Mission Hospital is the only hospital in the region where women who are experiencing high-risk pregnancies can be admitted to receive close monitoring of their baby as well as special care for the mother by specially trained nurses.
• Four special rooms with Jacuzzi-type tubs used with labor for mothers who want that experience.
• The only known in the nation “Survivor Program”. The “Survivor Program” is a unique service provided to women going through labor and delivery who may be experiencing additional stress related to previous sexual or physical abuse. Often, pregnancy or labor stirs up the trauma. Mission Hospital has nurses who are specially trained and undergo ongoing education and certification to help these women manage and cope.
• Women’s specific surgical unit where women care for women. Mission Hospital has an 18-bed, women’s-only surgical unit that treats the body, mind and spiritual needs of women. It incorporates complementary integrative health therapies such as music and pet therapy, aromatherapy, healing touch and more. The unit’s décor, ambience, special touches make it more comfortable for women, including relaxation stations on the TV, relaxation panels in the ceiling, special order, educational TV programs about women’s medical issues and many other “small things” that make a difference.
• Access to specialty care. Mission has on staff the only two urogynecologists in the region who specialize in conditions such as pelvic floor, a common, but often overlooked condition.
• Pre-surgical programs. Mission also has one of the only pre-surgical programs for women. Prior to any surgical procedure, women have the opportunity to meet with specially trained nurses to review the entire procedure, tour the facility and get questions answered. The program provides a sense of comfort leading up to, during and after treatment.
“Many organizations and people played vital roles in ensuring the success of this event,” said Thorsen. “I thank the Country Club of Asheville, the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, Foundation trustees and staff and former Foundation Chair Chris Young for their support and tireless work in making the tourney a fantastic success.”
About Mission Foundation
Mission Foundation, Inc. connects the generosity of a caring community with opportunities to improve lives through better healthcare. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) “public charity” governed by a volunteer board of 28 trustees representing the local community. Since its founding in 1985, Mission Hospital’s centennial year, the Foundation has solicited and received more than $150 million in gifts and grants from all parts of Western North Carolina, the state and the Southeast as well as nationally. During its history the Foundation has conducted successful major capital campaigns that have helped create several “Centers of Excellence” at Mission Hospital in Asheville. The Foundation is the only Asheville-based non-profit to have attained nationwide accreditation by Charity Wise Alliance of the U.S. Better Business Bureau, meeting all 20 national standards. More information is available at missionfoundation.org.