Week of NOVEMBER 10–16, 2018


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Asheville Citizen-Times
AUTHOR:  Natasha Adwaters, Executive Director, CFCS
SUBJECT:  Dogwood Board lacks Diverse Voices

SUMMARY:  We at Children First/ Communities In Schools believe that every child deserves to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, significant barriers to health persist for children of poverty living in Western NC and disproportionately affect children of color, such as higher infant mortality rates and higher rates of asthma. Socioeconomic conditions underlie many health inequalities and must be addressed if we want to see improvement in our population’s health and a decrease in health inequities that adversely affect children and their families. We applaud the Dogwood Health Trust’s focus on social determinants of health in an effort to improve the overall health of the population of Western NC. However, any regional efforts to address health inequities must apply a lens of diversity and inclusion to be successful. We would like to add our organization’s voice to those encouraging the Dogwood Health Trust to include in its leadership representatives who can speak to health inequities that break down along racial and gender lines. Who better to include than those with lived experience and dedication to addressing disparities and improving health outcomes for all?

 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Asheville Citizen-Times
AUTHORS:  John W. Garret,  MD; Anne Ponder, Thomas A. Maher, Robby Russell
SUBJECT:  Dogwood Trust Board has enough diversity

SUMMARY:  As members of the planning committee who helped to create the Dogwood Health Trust (Dogwood), we know well the unprecedented opportunity Dogwood offers to dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of all people and communities in western North Carolina. Our region’s residents are poorer, older, sicker and less likely to be insured than elsewhere in North Carolina and across our country. Dogwood is our best opportunity to attain exemplary health and wellbeing for our region. The Mission Health Board has the legal and fiduciary responsibility for setting up a conversion foundation, now named Dogwood Health Trust. Given Dogwood’s importance and because it will be created from non- profit assets, our community should understand how we chose these individuals to serve in this capacity. The Mission Health Board, acting upon its fiduciary responsibility, created a diverse subcommittee to establish a conversion foundation, including making initial appointments as a required part of the transaction process. The subcommittee’s selections (six total) were approved by the full Mission Board.

 
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Asheville Citizen-Times
SUBJECT:  Mission Children’s Hospital Ad

 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Asheville Citizen-Times
SUBJECT:  Medicare Coverage Ad

 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The McDowell News
SUBJECT:  Mission Pediatrics Ad

 

Monday, November 12, 2018

WEBSITE:  beckershospital.com
SUBJECT:  100+ hospitals, clinics are now live on Apple’s health records feature

SUMMARY: In less than a year, more than 100 hospitals and clinics have joined Apple's health records project. Early in 2018, the iPhone maker released plans to integrate patient health records — including allergies, immunizations and lab results — into its Health app as part of the iOS 11.3 beta rollout. The program launched in January at 12 hospitals, including leading providers like Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger and Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine. Apple has said its vision for the health records feature is to provide patients with a central place to view medical data from multiple hospitals and clinics, along with enabling patients to share their medical information with caregivers as needed. "We've worked closely with the health community to create an experience everyone has wanted for years," Apple COO Jeff Williams said in January…66. Mission Health (Asheville, N.C.)

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The McDowell News
SUBJECT:  CarePartners Hospice McDowell presents second Gallery of Life event

SUMMARY: This Thursday, a community-wide event will be held to remember those whom we have lost and celebrate their lives. CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care McDowell will present the second annual Gallery of Life event, a community celebration of the lives of those whom we miss. This free event will take place on Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the McDowell Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Road (next to the Corpening Memorial YMCA) in Marion, according to a news release. “There are many ways people work through the intimacy of loss and grief,” reads the news release. “Activities planned for Gallery of Life showcase the creativity and resilience that are hallmarks of healing.”

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Highlands Newspaper (highlandsinfo.com)
AUTHOR: Patrick Taylor, Mayor of Highlands
SUBJECT:  Various topics to be discussed tonight

SUMMARY: It was a long Friday for me. I traveled with Barrett Hawks and Franklin’s Mayor Bob Scott to Raleigh to meet with folks at the North Carolina Attorney General’s office. It was a good two-hour meeting where we discussed issues about the conversion process and sale of Mission to Hospital Corporation of America. We stressed to officials the importance of the rural hospitals in this region. I also brought up the concern about a buy back provision should HCA decide to close our hospital. We discussed the representation on the Dogwood Health Trust and the proposed 15 million dollar donation to our hospital foundation. I strongly advocated for that donation to be made in full at the time of the sale. The AG will soon decide whether to approve the sale as proposed. I hope he will set forth several conditions to the sale that address the concerns that have been identified. The petition that I wrote about last week is still available for signing at my Town Hall office.

ADDITIONAL PUBLICATION: Thursday 11-15-18 The Highlander

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WEBSITE:  healthcareinformatics.com
REPORTER: Mark Hagland
SUBJECT:  Olympic Marathons: performance Improvement Initiatives Help to Power the Long Race

SUMMARY: One of the patient care organizations that has been moving ahead determinedly in its use of IT-facilitated continuous performance improvement strategies is Mission Health, a six-hospital, 11,000-employee health system based in Asheville, North Carolina. There, Chris DeRienzo, M.D., Mission Health’s chief quality officer, and Dawn Burgard, director of clinical performance improvement, have been helping to lead a comprehensive effort for several years, one that has already borne significant fruit. Back in 2010 and 2011, Mission Health leaders began mapping care delivery processes, adding in an analytics platform in 2013 and 2014. Burgard, who came to Mission Health in 2012, with a master black belt in Six Sigma and a certification in Lean management, and Dr. DeRienzo, who came in 2013, have turbocharged efforts in the organization since then. Among other developments, they early on brought on a cadre of 21 Lean management engineers, known as quality improvement advisors, or QIAs, and have built an enterprise-wide data warehouse.

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WEBSITE:  mountainx.com
REPORTER: Virginia Daffron
SUBJECT:  CrossFit for all abilities, health happenings, AIDS Memorial Quilt returns to Asheville

SUMMARY: Dr. Ginna Priola of Mission Hospital has joined The SebastianStrong Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board.  She will help educate the foundation’s board of directors and take part in finding and evaluating pediatric cancer research proposals. Dr. Priola is a clinical pediatric hematologist/oncologist and director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Program at Mission Children’s Hospital and SECU Cancer Center.

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WEBSITE:  mountainx.com
SUBJECT:  Mission Health releases 2017 annual report

SUMMARY: Today, Mission Health released its 2017 Annual Report, Making Good: Together, Changing Lives and Growing Opportunities for Western North Carolina, which tells the stories of how Mission Health is continuing its more than 130-year legacy of service and caring. In 2017, Mission Health’s total community benefit in serving the needs of the people in the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina totaled more than $201 million. The stories of these partnerships and community investments are at the heart of what Mission Health does 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our mission – to improve the health of the people of western North Carolina – made by the Ladies of the Flower Mission more than a century ago, continues in new and innovative ways. Health and healing is an ongoing journey. “We continue to care for our patients, establish partnerships with neighboring organizations and invest in our communities in remarkable ways,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “For an unprecedented sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health and Mission Hospital was recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018-2019 edition of Best Hospitals. 

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The McDowell News
SUBJECT:  Mission Health releases its 2017 annual report

SUMMARY: On Thursday, Mission Health released its 2017 Annual Report, Making Good: Together, Changing Lives and Growing Opportunities for Western North Carolina, which tells the stories of how Mission Health is continuing its more than 130-year legacy of service and caring. In 2017, Mission Health’s total community benefit in serving the needs of the people in the 18 western-most counties of North Carolina totaled more than $201 million. The stories of these partnerships and community investments are at the heart of what Mission Health does 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our mission — to improve the health of the people of western North Carolina — made by the Ladies of the Flower Mission more than a century ago, continues in new and innovative ways. Health and healing is an ongoing journey.

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

PUBLICATION:  The Highlander
AUTHOR: Jackie Medland
SUBJECT:  A time of transition and thankfulness on the plateau

SUMMARY: November may be one of the most beautiful times on our Plateau – leaves turn fiery colors, the sky is a dramatic blue, and the air is crisp. It’s easy to forget that we don’t receive this gift all at once; transitions always happen over time. As we approach the end of 2018, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, the Eckerd Living Center and our affiliated practices are experiencing a host of transitions as we will likely become part of HCA Healthcare. Importantly, our ELC and HCH facilities are experiencing exciting remodels and upgrades – thanks to the great generosity of our donors, and we’re bidding farewell to a remarkable and respected colleague after a 50-year career, Dr. Herbert Plauche…On behalf of everyone at HCH, the ELC, and our affiliated practices, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with family and friends, and pledge to continue working to make this community stronger and healthier.

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WEBSITE: bpr.org
REPORTER: Lilly Knoepp
SUBJECT:  NC Attorney General Stein Hears WNC Concerns on Mission Health-HCA Deal

SUMMARY:  Former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited Asheville last month to hear from concerned residents about Mission Health’s proposed sale to HCA.  Here’s more on what has happened since that meeting. Risa Larsen is a member of the SEARCH committee. Based in Yancey and Mitchell counties, SEARCH stands for Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare. They have been one of the most outspoken groups outside of Asheville voicing their concerns about nonprofit Mission Health’s sale to for-profit HCA. “We always try to make clear, we’re not against the sale. We just want it to have positive outcomes for every who is served by this hospital system,” says Larsen…During that meeting, SEARCH says that Nixon shared the importance of making the Dogwood Health Trust foundation board of directors equitable as well as separate from Mission Health and HCA.  “If you sell a house, you don’t get to live in it,” says Nixon according to SEARCH meeting minutes.   Larsen says SEARCH hopes that Stein will make the changes recommended by Nixon. “We’re sympathetic to their cause but we need them to know that we need these rural hospitals. And we need them to vibrant to bring industry back into these areas,” says Larsen.

 

Friday, November 16, 2018

WEBSITE: wlos.org
REPORTER: Jennifer Emert
SUBJECT:  News 13 Investigates: Complications during labor lead to deaths at alarming rate

SUMMARY: Mountain OB/GYNs say having a baby is more dangerous than ever. According to a report from nine maternal mortality review committees, including North Carolina, pregnancy complications resulted in 700 deaths and 50,000 injuries. That same study found six out of 10 of those deaths are preventable. Western North Carolina doctors News 13 spoke with tie issues back to an increase in C-sections, women over 35 having children and closures of rural labor and delivery units.

 

Friday, November 16, 2018

WEBSITE: maconcountynews.com
REPORTER: Diane Peltz
SUBJECT:  Town Council holds monthly meeting

SUMMARY: The Macon County Town Council met on Monday, Nov. 5, for its regular monthly meeting. Project Wayah was on the agenda but was again tabled until the December meeting, due to the fact that the entity involved has not yet provided the documentation that the Town Council needs to move forward. During the public comment session Jimbo Ledford, owner of Jimbo’s Plumbing on Carolina Drive, spoke about the issue of his not being allowed to have a segment of road closed off near Carolina Drive across from Drake Enterprises. He wants the road closed while he holds a venue that he puts on each year…Before they adjourned, one last announcement was made by Mayor Bob Scott. He said that he was going to attend the HCA meeting on Friday, Nov. 9, because he felt the need to do so, and he will pay for the trip and expenses out of his own pocket due to his concern about the sale of Mission Health Care to HCA.

 

Friday, November 16, 2018

WEBSITE: coablog.ashevillenc.gov
SUBJECT: City of Asheville shares development trends

SUMMARY: The fall edition of the Asheville City Manager’s Development Forum will not happen this go-round, due to several scheduling conflicts. Staff expects to resume the popular community update on economic and development activity in the spring with our new City Manager Debra Campbell at the helm. Appointed by City Council, Campbell will begin her work in Asheville Dec. 3…After historic highs, the number of permits issued and total value of construction has decreased in Fiscal Year 2018. The decrease in construction value is significant and is associated with a decline in large commercial projects and unique projects such as the Mission Hospital Tower or Arras building renovation. While this trend seems counterintuitive when viewing all the construction activity occurring in Asheville, permits are issued and fees collected prior to the start of construction. Oftentimes the provision of services and visible impact of construction occurs for several years after the issuance of a permit. A strong indication of this is the continued increase in the number of inspections performed, despite the decline of new permits issued.