And the award goes to: Mission Hospitals. Again.
Top Heart Hospital
In 2006, Mission Hospitals was named one of the Top 100 Heart Hospitals in the country by Solucient, a health-care industry marketer that analyzes patient care, cost effectiveness and growth in the medical industry. Mission has been named to the prestigious Solucient list six times since 2000.
“These designations are national recognition for something that we have actually been doing for 30-plus years,” says Dr. Harry Burton, cardiovascular surgeon at Mission Hospitals.
Burton points out that the recognition reflects close work over many years between cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.
“Dating back to 1986, it was the cardiologists here who developed an echocardiology program that led to better identification of patients with mitral valve disease,” he says.
“In turn, that pushed the surgeons to develop a state-of-the-art program for mitral valve surgical repair, which is safer and better than valve replacement. Today, our valve repair program is nationally and internationally recognized. Patients come here from abroad and as far away as northern California.”
Cardiac Care Awards
Dr. William Hathaway, section leader in cardiology at Mission Hospitals, says the medical community in Asheville – and beyond – can be proud of these cardiac care awards.
“Our heart program may have its roots in Asheville, but it cannot be emphasized enough how much assistance we receive from other physicians, hospitals and first providers throughout our region,” Hathaway says. “The quality care that they all provide has enabled Mission to achieve the award-winning care that has been recognized.”
But cardiac care excellence isn’t the only accolade that the hospital has received. Mission, which has a Memorial hospital campus and a St. Joseph campus both in Asheville, was named in 2006 by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s Top 50 Hospitals for orthopedics.
Then in 2007, U.S. News & World Report selected Mission as one of the country’s Top 50 Hospitals for endocrinology, which relates to diabetes treatment and research.
“We care for as many people with diabetes as some of the nation’s largest teaching hospitals,” says Dr. Jeffrey Russell, endocrinologist at Mission Hospitals.
“For example, all surgical patients at Mission now have their blood sugar levels monitored before, during and after surgery. By the time Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed, it has been progressing for many years in some patients. These screenings are helping us find many unsuspected cases.”
Russell adds that Mission now has its own endocrinologist for children. “As a result, a weight management program for families of children with obesity has been established,” he says. “It is all part of our quest to help our Asheville community be as healthy as possible.”