Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Mission Hospital named one of nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health for 12th time

Mission Hospital has been recognized, for a remarkable twelfth time, as one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2018 by the respected IBM Watson Health (previously known as Truven Health Analytics), a leader in assessing clinical quality and value-based care.

A wide range of objective data focusing on patient outcomes, institutional efficiency, and fiscal management, is used to determine which hospitals are chosen for inclusion on the annual best list. Mission Hospital is the only hospital in western North Carolina to earn a ranking on the list. Hospitals that receive Top 50 recognition are those institutions providing patients with the most rapid access to emergency care and that perform high numbers of open heart surgeries and successful cardiac catheterizations and interventional cardiovascular procedures such as angioplasties and stent insertions.

Specifically, the 2018 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals demonstrated:

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival than non-winning cardiovascular hospitals (21% to 47% higher)
  • Fewer patients with complications (18% to 20% fewer)
  • Higher 30-day survival rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure (HF), and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients (0.3 to 0.9 percentage points higher)
  • Lower readmission rates for AMI, HF, and CABG patients (0.6 to 0.9 percentage points lower)
  • Average lengths of stay for CABG patients that were one day lower than non-winners and 0.3 to 0.5 days lower for AMI, HF and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients
  • $1,333 to $5,745 less in total costs per patient case
  • And if every hospital in the nation performed at the winner’s level of performance:
  • More than 8,900 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 3,700 more heart patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.4 billion could be saved

Mission Hospital performed not only within the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital category, but among the very best on the list.  Mission Hospital’s cardiovascular care statistics reflect not only excellence in the care provided, but an overwhelming superiority in care coordination – one of the most impactful aspects of patient outcomes. During the last year, Mission Hospital performed over 5,000 diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, 2,100 interventional procedures, and 1,500 cardiac surgeries. In addition, nearly 2,400 electrophysiology procedures were performed; those are diagnostic tests or interventions which examine the heart’s electrical activity and help to diagnose and repair irregular heart rhythms or arrhythmia. The hospital’s cardiac clinical team consists of 42 cardiologists and five cardiac surgeons. 

Only a few hospitals across the nation provide a level of cardiovascular care that is comparable to Mission Hospital’s, and its performance is unmatched regionally. The speed at which Mission Hospital provides care is also exceptional: The average Mission Hospital heart attack patient has their closed artery reopened within 47 minutes, on average; this places the hospital in the top 10% nationally, as it pertains to a 90-minute national benchmark expectation.

IBM Watson conducts this annual study objectively and uses data that is quantitatively gathered to weigh each hospital’s clinical, operational, and financial performance. The fact that it is an objective study means that hospitals neither apply for recognition nor can they pay to market this honor.
“Ever-improving outcomes, increased efficiency, and fiscal accountability are what we strive for, always,” said Jill Hoggard Green, Ph.D., RN, COO, Mission Health and President, Mission Hospital. “This award represents the important synergistic alignment that’s required to deliver the excellent care we aim to provide to every resident of western North Carolina: It must be compassionately delivered, rapidly accessed, and based on best practices; anything less simply wouldn’t suffice. We are delighted to be recognized again by IBM Watson Health for 2018.”

“Mission Hospital has provided among the nation’s very best cardiac care for many years,” said William D. Kuehl, MD, Chief of Cardiology, Mission Health.  “The clinical team here is spectacular – we have some of the very best cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in the nation.  We take great pride in providing superior care and service to everyone in our region in a manner that is exceedingly rare to find in any non-urban environment.”

The Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals study is part of IBM Watson’s 100 Top Hospitals® Program.  The winning hospitals were announced in the Nov. 6, 2017, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

Asheville School students to perform at Asheville Art Museum - Dec. 1st

Students involved in Asheville School's art offerings learn from local artists and gain hands-on experience in galleries and museums across the area. As part of this initiative, on Friday, December 1, Asheville School students will perform original, multidisciplinary responses to artwork at the Asheville Art Museum on the Slope. Their performances will take place within the museum's exhibition for patrons to consider as they walk through the gallery.

The students will respond to the Museum's exhibit, "Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project." Their performance, "Art Beats: A pulse of Multidisciplinary Responses to Art," will take place at the Asheville Art Museum on the Slope at 5:30 p.m. with a second performance at 6:30 p.m.

"Unwrapped" is made up of artwork created by burgeoning artists and selected by Norton Antivirus creator Peter Norton. "Every year since 1988, technology entrepreneur and avid collector Peter Norton commissions an artist to create an original work of art that is then produced in multiples and sent to friends and select museums," writes Asheville Art Museum.

According to Asheville School Chair of Fine Arts Kathy Leiner, students had a chance to tour the exhibit and reflect on the artwork. They personally selected compelling pieces, and after reflection on what makes those pieces meaningful, they will distill their thoughts into dance, spoken word, and lyrical responses to the artwork in the exhibition.

Leiner says that creating these performances will build students' capacity to think critically about art and bolster their confidence in speaking about their own creative work. "Students will look at elements of art and how those elements cross disciplines," she said. "I am excited to facilitate as they learn about the creative process and critical response methods in order to deepen their exploration of art. This performance is about inquiry and helping students see artwork through varied lenses."

Asheville School is a nationally acclaimed co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12. The 288 students enrolled at Asheville School represent 21 states and 14 countries. Recent graduates have been accepted to Amherst, Columbia, Davidson, Duke, Elon, Emory, Furman, Georgetown, Harvard, NC State, Rhodes, Sewanee, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, William & Mary, WashU, Wofford, and Yale among others.

Project SEARCH now accepting applications for 2018-19 academic year

Project SEARCH is an international program with about 400 sites around the world, and has now begun its second year in Asheville at Mission Hospital. A partnership between Mission Health, The Arc of North Carolina, A-B Tech, NC Vocational Rehabilitation, Vaya Health and the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities, Project SEARCH is a one-year internship program for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Its goal is to help the students, who range in age from 18 to 30, achieve their goal of securing meaningful, competitive employment.

To be eligible for Project SEARCH, a candidate must:
·         Have a personal goal to find and maintain employment
·         Be 18-30 years old
·         Not be enrolled in a high school program
·         Have a developmental or intellectual disability
·         Be a Buncombe County resident
·         Be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services
·         Have the ability to be without coach supervision for up to four hours

Participants are selected through a rigorous application process and then begin the program with a three-week “boot camp” at A-B Tech as they complete the onboarding process to work at Mission. This year, several departments throughout Mission Hospital and the Mission Health home office are serving as job sites.

“Some of the roles are more clerical in nature,” said Emily Danciu-Grosso, Project SEARCH instructor. “Others are more focused on interacting with patients and the public.” Throughout the course of the program, which generally follows the A-B Tech school year schedule, the interns will rotate through three different job sites, spending 10-12 weeks in each. “This model is designed to help the interns develop several skills that will help them build their careers,” said Danciu-Grosso, “and by trying different things, they are more able to discover their passion and calling.”

Information sessions for Project Search are November 28, 2017, and January 10, 2018, at 6 p.m., at the 5th floor classrooms at 1 Hospital Drive, near Mission Hospital in Asheville. Application deadline is January 31, 2018, at 5 p.m.  To request an application or for more information, contact Emily Danciu-Grosso, Project SEARCH instructor, at (828) 230-4973 or