Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mission Health closes on land purchase in Haywood County

Future facility will bring enhanced services to Haywood and adjacent counties

As part of Mission Health’s long-standing commitment to serving patients close to home, the health system today closed on the purchase of a 23-acre parcel of land located at 368 Hospital Drive in Clyde adjacent to Mission’s existing building and next to Tuscola High School.

Mission Health conducted an extensive study of primary care and specialty physician access in the 18-county region that it serves, and found a clear need for expanded care in Haywood County, a community that many Mission Health staff have lived in and supported for decades.

In addition, Mission Health also appreciates the strong preference that many Haywood County residents have for Mission Health’s care. As the region’s only locally owned, locally governed non-profit healthcare system and one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals and Top 15 Health Systems – Mission Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality, most effective care close to where people live and work. The site will be home to Mission Health’s fourth My Care Plus location and the first in Haywood County, and will include a significant expansion of primary care providers as well as specialty and ancillary services.

“Mission Health is developing extensive capabilities to improve the health of the population of western North Carolina,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “The nearly 60,000 residents of Haywood County already understand Mission’s unrelenting commitment to quality and our focus on local access, but we know that not all patients who desire Mission care can access it easily there. Our new, state-of-the-art facility will be readily accessible and build upon strong traditional clinical care with an added focus on health and wellness. The site will include dedicated physicians and clinical staff, as well as, significant telemedicine capabilities that will help avoid the need to travel to Asheville for even some of the most complex care.”

Mission Health has had a small outpatient center in Haywood County for several years, led by David Mulholland, MD, currently offering primary care, and limited imaging, lab and specialty care services. Dr. Mulholland, who was recently recognized by the community as the Best Doctor in Haywood County, will be moving to the new site. “It’s wonderful to see the next stage of evolution for primary and specialty care in Haywood County with this announcement,” said Dr. Mulholland, of Haywood Family Medicine. “Mission Health has a proven winner with its My Care Plus outpatient care model, and I’m delighted that expanded services will soon be available in a convenient location right here in Haywood.” Plans for the newly acquired land include construction of a new medical office building that will house expanded primary care, expanded specialty care, expanded imaging and lab services along with new virtual care capabilities in an approximately 30,000-square-foot building located in a beautiful, healing setting, with convenient access for local residents. The project will create important jobs for the Haywood County community, both via the construction project and for ongoing clinical services.

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