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Editor’s Note: Congrats to our client, Mission Health System on achieving this outstanding recognition as a top healthcare provider in the country for four years running. A great feat and an organization that BigFish Recruiting is proud to represent.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (April 20, 2015) – For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, 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 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.

“This ranking recognizes our unwavering commitment to exceptional care, clinical excellence, standardization of care and, most importantly, to the community we are so privileged to serve,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health.  “Our dedicated and flexible caregivers, nurses, physicians and Boards of Directors are the reason we have been able to achieve such a remarkable honor not once, but for four consecutive years – something never before accomplished by any health system in the nation.  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. This relentless focus on quality, safety and standardization has resulted in better survival rates – more than 500 fewer deaths per year than in 2010 – and fewer complications for the patients we are privileged to serve.”

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 health systems – essentially every U.S. system with two or more acute-care member hospitals, including critical access hospitals. The quantitative study identifies 15 health systems with the highest achievement in clinical performance, efficiency and patient satisfaction using the 100 Top Hospitals National Balanced Scorecard methodologies, which analyzes data submitted by every hospital in a standardized manner.  Truven’s researchers analyze public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.

In March, Mission Health’s flagship hospital, Mission Hospital, was named one of Truven Health’s Top 100 Hospitals for the seventh consecutive year, and in December, Mission Health’s Heart Center was named among Top 50 Heart Hospitals for the 9th time.


About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, 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.

Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. Mission Health is the only health system in the nation to receive this recognition four years in a row, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve Top 15 recognition.

Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, 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. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 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 795 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, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 10,700 employees and 2,000 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 or @MissionHealthNC.

About Truven Health Analytics

At Truven Health Analytics we are dedicated to delivering the answers our clients need to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs. We are a healthcare analytics company with unmatched data assets and advanced analytic expertise that have served the global healthcare industry for more than 30 years. These strengths combine with our unique perspective from across the entire healthcare industry to give hospitals, clinicians, employers, health plans, government agencies, life sciences researchers and policymakers the confidence they need to make the right decisions, right now, every time. With our healthcare-specific expertise and tools for managing complex and disparate data, we understand how to implement and integrate tailored analytics that drive improvement. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit truvenhealth.com. – See more at: http://www.mission-health.org/news/article/mission-health-named-top-15-health-system-nation-truven-health-analytics-1#sthash.ymnxGCZR.dpuf