Monday, August 17, 2015

Mission Health announces new physicians and 11 "Best Of" recognitions

Dr. Donald A. Gajewski Joins Asheville Orthopaedic Associates

Mission Health is pleased to announce the addition of Donald A. Gajewski, MD. Dr. Gajewski joins Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health, from the Brooke Army Medical Center Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as an orthopaedic surgeon as well as the Director of the Center for the Intrepid.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Gajewski to the team of fine surgeons and caregivers at Asheville Orthopaedic Associates,” said Jonathan Bailey, Vice President of Operations, Mission Health. “Dr. Gajewski’s extensive educational research, surgical expertise and professional experience will be an invaluable asset not only to the practice but to the patients of western North Carolina.”

Dr. Gajewski earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and later earned his fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Gajewski is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. He has received several military awards and has been published in numerous peer reviewed, scholarly journals.

“It is exciting to begin practicing at Asheville Orthopaedic Associates and I am grateful to do so,” said Dr. Gajewski. “The many positions I held during my tenure in the Army Medical Corps, beginning in May 1994, have ever since prepared me for this great partnership. I have a deep respect for the courageous servicemen and women who defend our freedoms and it is my hope to always treat everyone with the respect they deserve.”

Asheville Orthopaedic Associates specializes in joint replacement, arthroscopy and sports injuries and is located at 11 Victoria Road, Asheville, North Carolina. For inquiries, call (828) 252-7331.

Dr. Brian Johnson Joins Asheville Hospitalist Group of Mission Medical Associates

Mission Health is pleased to announce the addition of Brian L. Johnson, MD. Dr. Johnson joins Asheville Hospitalist Group of Mission Medical Associates, a Mission Health practice.

“It is our great pleasure to welcome Dr. Johnson to the team of strong quality care caregivers at Mission Medical Associates,” said Angie Wills, Vice President, Clinical Programs, Mission Health, and Interim Vice President, Mission Medical Associates Operations. “We are very pleased that Dr. Johnson chose us, and we are confident that his many talents and strengths will be an asset for the practice and for our community.”

Brian L. Johnson, MD, most recently served as a hospitalist physician with Intermountain Medical Group in Salt Lake City, Utah, for some five years. He earned his medical degree from University of Tennessee Memphis College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Johnson later completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Johnson is board certified in internal medicine.

“I place high value in knowing a patient and a little bit about their life before I dive right into diagnosing their current physical condition. I see patients as individuals and always work to treat each person with the utmost of respect,” said Dr. Johnson. “I am been married for 11 years and have two young children. I enjoy numerous outdoor activities such as nature photography, soccer, golf, mountain biking, backpacking, fly fishing and skiing”.

Dr. Samuel Trent Hester Joins Asheville Hospitalist Group 

Asheville Hospitalist Group of Mission Medical Associates, a Mission Health practice, is pleased to welcome Samuel Trent Hester, MD.

“It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Hester to the strong group of physicians and caregivers at Asheville Hospitalist Group,” said Angie Wills, Vice President, Clinical Programs, Mission Health, and Interim Vice President, Mission Medical Associates Operations. “We are pleased that he chose to practice with us and anticipate that Dr. Hester’s talents and abilities will be an asset for both the practice and for the western North Carolina community.”
Dr. Hester earned his Medical Degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown and later completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I genuinely care about each of my patients and aspire to always treat them with the care and respect they each deserve,” said Dr. Hester. “Some of my hobbies and great interests include reading, hiking, golfing, racquetball and playing the guitar."

Asheville Hospitalist Group of Mission Medical Associates, established in 1997, provides adult inpatient care to patients admitted to Mission Hospital at 509 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville.

Mission Health Honored by Mountain Xpress Readers with 11 “Best Of” Recognitions

Mission Health would like to thank the readers of Mountain Xpress who voted for Mission Health or one of its affiliates with numerous “Best Of” recognitions.

For many years, Mountain Xpress has asked its readers to weigh in on what they consider to be the  “Best Of” in hundreds of categories.  This year, there were more than 7,500 qualifying ballots representing more than 400,000 votes.

Mission Health, Mission Hospital, CarePartners and Mission Weight Management were recognized as follows:

Elder Care Facility – CarePartners #1
Health-related Non-profit – CarePartners #1
Home Healthcare Agency/Service - CarePartners #1
Hospice – CarePartners #1
Business That Gives Back To The Community – Mission Health #2
Business That Improves WNC The Most – Mission Health #2
Place To Get Medical Care When Under or Uninsured – Mission Health #2
Place To Work – Mission Health #2
Hospital – Mission Hospital #1
Emergency Room – Mission Hospital #1
Weight Management Practice – Mission Weight Management #1

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