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Officials at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, located between the towns of Highlands and Cashiers in Western North Carolina, have decided to pursue an affiliation with Mission Health. Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s Board of Directors voted to support the pursuit of an agreement with Mission Health as presented at the Hospital Board of Directors retreat on Sept. 27.

“As Highlands-Cashiers Hospital looks toward our future, our plans need to align with the principles of our mission,” said Charles V. Sheehan, chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Directors. “By pursuing an agreement with Mission Health, we seek to continue providing outstanding, compassionate healthcare services to all, but with access to an integrated clinical network and expanded medical resources.”

“Highlands-Cashiers Hospital serves its community with great compassion and quality, and we are delighted to partner with such an exceptional health care organization,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “The goals of Mission Health and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital are truly one in the same – to provide the Western North Carolina community with better access to world-class care and to improve the health of our communities. By working together, we will benefit our communities and achieve our bigger aim: To get each patient to the desired outcome, without harm, without waste and with an exceptional experience.”

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 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. 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.

About Highlands-Cashiers

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital serving Highlands, Cashiers and the surrounding mountain communities. HCH has 39 board certified physicians representing 15 medical specialties on its medical staff. Altogether, with its 24-bed acute care services, outpatient ancillary services, 84-bed skilled nursing facility, and four hospital-owned physician clinics in Cashiers and Highlands, HCH employs 250 full and part-time employees. Learn about the scope of services on the website at

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