Since 2011, Angel Medical Center has been in a management agreement with Mission Health and has now completed the process to become a full member hospital.
As a result of this conversion, AMC will extend its Mission Health membership benefits, building upon its existing advantages that include better volume-based pricing for supplies and services; participation in Mission Health's best-in-class quality improvement services, and inclusion in Mission Health's Great Places to Work and Practice initiative which is a national model that strives to create an outstanding work environment.
“When we began this journey nearly two years ago, our board wanted to partner with an organization that was as committed to Western North Carolina as we have been for 90 years,” said Jan Unger, chairman of Angel Medical Center's Board of Trustees. “Mission Health is an outstanding partner and healthcare provider. Our relationship has been exceptional for the hospital and most importantly, for our community.”
AMC is a full service, not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital that has served Franklin and the surrounding area for 90 years. The hospital operates a variety of inpatient services including a Women's and Children's Health Unit, an Intensive Care Unit, and a Medical/Surgical Unit. Outpatient services include MRIs, CTs, nuclear medicine, digital mammographies, a wound clinic, a foot clinic, chemotherapy, a full laboratory, rehab therapy, and surgical and endoscopy services.
In addition to offering state of the art facilities on the hospital grounds, AMC also operates Angel Urgent Care and Angel Home Health and Hospice.
Falling under the umbrella of Mission Health is likely to have obvious benefits from the beginning. Mission, the region's only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in Western North Carolina operates five hospitals and in 2012 and 2013, was named as one of the nation's Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics. Mission Health has earned the distinction of being one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive the recognition and the only one in the state.
“For 90 years, we have been committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients in Franklin and the surrounding counties,” said Jim Bross, CEO and President of Angel Medical Center. “As we prepare for the future, we believe aligning ourselves with an exceptional health system like Mission Health will enable us to continue to serve our patients for another 90 years and beyond. We are honored to join a Top 15 Health System and we look forward to improving the health and wellness of western North Carolina.”
Though Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, has often been the go-to hospital for many WNC residents when they fall ill or an emergency strikes, AMC has steadily been improving its status among hospitals in the state and will prove to not only benefit from the membership, but also be an asset for Mission Health as well.
“Mission Health exists solely to serve the residents of western North Carolina. Our goal is to continue to provide access to quality healthcare close to home and improve the lives of people across our region,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “Angel Medical Center, which is ranked number one in patient satisfaction in North Carolina, is a vital community asset for the people of Macon County. We are proud to embrace them as a full member of the Mission Health family, as we jointly pursue our BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family.”