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Asheville Cardiology and Mission Announce Plans to Affiliate

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Cardiology Associates, Mission Hospital, and Mission Medical Associates Inc., the physician management arm of Mission Health System, today announced that they have agreed in principle to join together. A letter of intent has been signed to develop initial working documents and to implement this partnership by January 1, 2010.

Announcement of the agreement was made jointly by Joseph F. Damore, FACHE, President and CEO of Mission Health System Inc. and Mission Hospital, and Eric D. Van Tassel, MD, FACC, President of Asheville Cardiology Associates, PA.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work more closely together as partners in providing outstanding quality cardiology services,” said Damore. “Superlative cardiology services are essential to a tertiary referral hospital like Mission. The physicians and staff of Asheville Cardiology have been providing this level of care for generations. Their physicians were leaders in identifying and implementing consistent best practices in cardiology decades before the concept was in use even at university teaching centers. We are proud that they are choosing to affiliate with Mission.”

“Asheville Cardiology is making this decision because we believe it will enable our physicians to focus more fully on what we went into medicine to do – take care of heart patients,” said Dr. Van Tassel. “We will remain as a strong, closely knit cardiology practice, providing excellent clinical care, and utilizing state of the art diagnostic and treatment facilities. Mission will provide services such as billing and information technology systems that are essential to our operation, but which are not part of our primary mission of providing excellent patient care.”

The practice will continue to provide general and sub-specialty cardiology services at its current office building at 5 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Asheville, and through its current offices in Hendersonville, Sylva, Franklin, and Brevard. It will also continue to provide clinics in Highlands, Spruce Pine, Marion, Bryson City, Murphy and Columbus. The practice includes 33 adult and pediatric cardiologists.

Mission Medical Associates is a physician-led subsidiary of Mission Health System, Inc. designed to provide management services for physicians and their practices in Western North Carolina.

Mission Health System Inc. includes three hospitals: Mission Hospital in Asheville, the McDowell Hospital in Marion, and Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. Mission Health System also operates Asheville Specialty Hospital in conjunction with CarePartners Health Services, and operates ambulatory care and physician services in Asheville, Marion and Spruce Pine.

Asheville: Mission Hospitals Offers Integrative Healthcare Program

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Mission Hospitals

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville, North Carolina is home to almost 2 percent of all alternative medical practices in the country, but until recently these therapies have remained for the most part separate from traditional Western medicine.

Mission Hospitals has launched a new Integrative Healthcare Program that is "dedicated to the safe and compassionate integration of complementary and conventional medicine through the activities of research, education, clinical services, and community partnerships. Our goal is to reaffirm the importance of relationships in enhancing wellness and healing in a family centered and culturally sensitive manner."

The program will take advantage of the wealth of local alternative medicine practitioners by offering evidence-based therapies such as aromatherapy, healing touch and massage. It is hoped that this effort will help reduce costs through shorter hospital stays and the use of less medicine.

The hospital is currently focusing on educating doctors, nurses and hospital staff and hopes to have some alternative therapies available to patients by the middle of the year.

Asheville Dentist Offers Free Services on Friday

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville dentist Dr. Steve Adams and staff will hold their fourth annual Dentistry from the Heart Day on Friday, providing free care to needy adults.

The office will offer free fillings, cleanings and extractions for adults 21 and older. Those who receive services should have no dental insurance and no access to dental care.

The care will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 7 a.m. at the dental office at 26 Reynolds Mountain Blvd.

Office staff say a line usually begins forming at 4 a.m. for the event, and staff will arrive by 5:30 a.m. to begin preparing for the day.

The staff requests no phone calls before the event from those seeking care.

"We’re very happy to be able to give back to the community," said Linda Johnson, the office’s patient care coordinator. "These are people with no means of receiving dental care."

The office began Dentistry from the Heart four years ago after staff attended a seminar in Florida that featured a similar program there, Johnson said.

Sponsors of Friday’s event include Patterson Dental, Caulk Dental, Medicine Shoppe, New Bridge Café, ImageClairty, Fast Signs and Dr. Stan Holt.

Johnson also said local volunteers, area media outlets and the Woodfin Police Department deserve credit for making the event a success.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Boosts Research Funding by $8 Million

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), its headquarters located in Asheville, increased its medical research funding commitments by $8.35 million in 2008.

The grants consist of an additional $6 million to the PBTF Institute at Duke University; $1 million to the PBTF Institute at the University of California San Francisco and $1 million to PBTF Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada; $250,000 to Dr. Gregory Shackleford at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and $100,000 to Dr. Yuri Tabori at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The PBTF’s research institute program concluded its sixth year of funding in 2008. Overall, the foundation has funded more than 50 research institutions in the United States and other countries.

"Our grants focus on basic and translational research in an effort to improve outcomes for children with brain tumors," says Dianne Traynor, Director of Research Funding and Advocacy at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. "We seek out research institutions with strong basic, translational and clinical brain tumor research programs as well as large pediatric brain tumor patient populations. The types of pediatric brain tumors being studied at PBTF Institutes range from highly malignant gliomas and medulloblastomas to low grade tumors. Our goal is to develop strong collaborative research efforts between the PBTF Institutes that will fast forward discoveries for this patient population."

Dr. Darell Bigner, director of the PBTF Institute at Duke, is working steadily toward that goal. "The PBTF Institute program has been a major contributor to the advancement of the body of knowledge in the causation and treatment of pediatric brain tumors," Bigner says. "It has been invaluable as a mechanism for bringing together the most outstanding investigators in the field of pediatric neuro-oncology."

The director of the PBTF Institute at the University of California San Francisco agrees. "The beauty, and thus the significance, of this award is that it encourages us dsto not only collaborate among ourselves to push the limits of discovery, but to work with other groups funded by the PBTF to enhance our research productivity," says Dr. Mitch Berger.

And that productivity is leading to results. For example, notes Dr. James Rutka of Sick Kids, "PBTF funding for our research program on novel genetic approaches to medulloblastoma has enabled us to probe [that] genome using ultra high-resolution molecular techniques. It is probably fair to say that we have now catalogued the major genetic alterations that are found in medulloblastoma in over 500 different pediatric brain tumors, the largest single collection of medulloblastomas in the world."

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