Mission Health President and CEO Named to National Healthcare List of “100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems”
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 8, 2012) – Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health, has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review “100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems” list. Dr. Paulus is the first physician to assume the top executive position at Mission Health.
Becker’s Hospital Review is a national healthcare industry publication that reports on business, legal and best practice information for hospital and health system leaders. The “100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems” list was compiled by peer nominations and assessed by industry experts. The Becker’s list recognizes leaders’ health care experience, awards they have received, and their commitment to quality care.
“Dr. Paulus is a dynamic leader and his clinical background provides a great deal of insight into the health system strategy, management and relationships,” said Janice Brumit, Chair of the Board at Mission Hospital. “He is a change agent and his passion has resonated throughout our entire health system and across the region.”
“Since his start at Mission Health, Dr. Paulus has implemented new strategies to improve quality, ensure patient satisfaction and create new models of healthcare delivery. He is a compassionate leader and driven by Mission Health’s commitment to the BIGG(ER) Aim. We’re fortunate to be led by his passion and his colleagues in their effort to redesign the overall healthcare delivery system.”
Prior to joining Mission Health, Dr. Paulus served as the Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Innovation Officer at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and received his MBA in health care management from the Wharton School.
“I am humbled by this recognition -- which is just the latest in a series of accolades for our health system here in western North Carolina,” said Dr. Paulus. Mission Health was recently named one of the Top 15 Health Systems in the nation and Mission Hospital one of the Top 100 Hospitals in America each by Thomson Reuters. “This recognition, while personal, is truly a reflection of the extraordinary physicians, colleagues, nurses and staff I have the privilege of working with each and every day. Our team delivers world class healthcare and they are the reason Mission Health is a nationally recognized health system.”
Dr. Paulus is one of six physician leaders from North Carolina to receive recognition on the “100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems” list. The other physician leaders from North Carolina include:
Victor J. Dzau, MD, President and CEO of Duke University Health System
John D. McConnell, MD, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Roger A. Ray, MD, Executive Vice President and CMO of Carolinas HealthCare System
William L. Roper, MD, CEO of UNC Health Care System
Stephen L. Wallenhaupt, MD, Executive Vice President and CMO of Novant Health
For the full list of the “100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems” please visit http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/100-physician-leaders-of-hospitals-and-health-systems.html.
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, NC, is the state’s sixth largest health system and the tertiary care regional referral center for Western NC and the adjoining region. In 2012, Mission Health was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 15 health systems in the nation – the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.
Founded in 1885, Mission Health is the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in Western North Carolina. Mission operates five hospitals, numerous out-patient and surgery centers, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 750 physicians, and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Centers of excellence include heart, stroke care and neurosciences, and pediatrics. Mission Hospital, the system’s flagship hospital, is licensed for 730 beds and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. Other Mission hospitals include Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion, and Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated solely to serving and improving the health and wellness of the people of Western North Carolina.