Mission Health Named a Top 15 Health System in the Nation by Truven Health Analytics Health System’s Constant Focus on High Quality, Cost Effective Care Earns Top Ranking for Second Year

By Mission Health | Apr 17, 2013

For the second consecutive year, Mission Health was named today as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. The Truven Health study identifies the nation’s 15 best health systems and is the only study that aggregates both individual hospital and health system-level performance to allow health system leaders and consumers to understand how to identify and compare leaders in clinical quality and efficiency.


“It is an incredible honor for Mission Health to be named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems again this year,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “This ranking recognizes our commitment to exceptional care, clinical excellence and, most importantly, the community we serve. As the leader in advanced medical care for western North Carolina, it is important that our community knows that they have an important asset in Mission Health always ready to serve their needs. Our dedicated caregivers, physicians and Board of Directors are the reason we are able to achieve such a remarkable honor for two consecutive years.”


Mission Health outperformed others 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. In each and every category, Top Health Systems outperformed their peers from around the nation.


Truven Health’s analysis contained more than 300 organizations – almost every U.S. system with two or more acute-care member hospitals, including critical access hospitals. The study is a quantitative study that identifies 15 health systems with the highest achievement on clinical performance, efficiency and patient satisfaction based on the 100 Top Hospitals National Balanced Scorecard methodologies, which analyzes data submitted by every hospital in a standardized manner.


This recognition comes on the heels of Mission Health’s flagship hospital, Mission Hospital, being named one of Truven Health’s Top 100 Hospitals for the fifth consecutive year, and Transylvania Regional Medical Center being named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals by iVantage Health Analytics both just last month.


“This honor is a direct result of the outstanding efforts our caregivers make each day at Mission Health,” said William Maples, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at Mission Health. “Being named a Top 15 Health System again this year means our caregivers continue to achieve exceptional outcomes and deliver high quality care. The data in this study is driven by how successfully – not how often – hospitals treat patients.  Our BIG(GER) Aim is to get each patient to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for every patient and family.  We strive to exceed patients’ expectations and work as a team to improve every aspect of the care we provide to the people of western North Carolina. I am honored to work with such exceptional people.”


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. 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, please visit mission-health.org.

About Truven Health Analytics


Truven Health is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare, science, and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Truven Health employs 55,000 people and operates in over 100 countries.


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