Mission Health and Asheville Radiology Announce New Collaboration

February 18, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - (Feb. 17, 2015) – Mission Health and Asheville Radiology Associates (ARA) are announcing a new collaboration to improve patient access to state of the art, high quality, highly efficient imaging centers close to home, and to more than 40 ARA physicians, including specialists in various subspecialties of diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and vascular surgery.
 
Effective Feb. 16, 2015, Asheville Imaging Center and Asheville MRI combined as Mission Imaging Services, supporting clinicians in making the  most effective diagnoses and decisions about treatment, essential in improving the health of individuals and of our population. The Asheville Breast Center will become Mission Breast Center, providing mammography in Asheville while Mission Imaging Services will provide mammography at Mission Outpatient Services – Clyde.  These centers offer quality mammography tailored to meet the needs of women, supporting early detection and treatment of breast cancers.   Mission Health will assume management of ARA’s Carolina Vascular Center and The Vein Specialists later this spring.
 
These changes will improve access and choice for patients who may now select to have their mammography, MRI or other diagnostic services performed in the hospital-based or outpatient setting that best meets their needs. Patients will also benefit from enhanced efficiencies in care, including an integrated medical record.
 
"This new structure helps both Mission and ARA prepare effectively to manage population health," said Bryon Dickerson, MD, CEO of Asheville Radiology Associates.  "It positions both entities to meet patient needs efficiently and effectively. This change allows Mission and ARA to adapt to changing times while continuing to provide the highest quality radiological, interventional and vascular services to our region.”
 
As part of this transition, Mission Health has hired an Executive Director of Radiology to serve as an important liaison and partner with ARA in leading radiology services system-wide.
 
"These collaborations will help us ensure our community has access to consistently high quality imaging services close to home,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, COO of Mission Health and President of Mission Hospital and Mission Medical Associates.  "This is truly an example of putting the right resources together in the right way, to assure optimal care for the patients who depend on us."
 
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems 2012-2014 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. Mission Health is the only medium-sized health system to receive this recognition three years in a row, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.  
 
Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 795 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 10,600 employees and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.

About Asheville Radiology
Asheville Radiology Group began in 1944 with three radiologists practicing Diagnostic Radiology. In 1997, Asheville Radiology Group merged with Western Carolina Radiology to form Asheville Radiology Associates, which included Asheville MRI and Asheville Imaging Center.
 
In 2002, Asheville Radiology's interventional radiologists were joined by the region's only full-time, board-certified vascular surgeons to form a new division of ARA: Carolina Vascular. This division offers direct access to the most comprehensive care available for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease.
 
Today Asheville Radiology consists of 37 radiologists, 5 vascular surgeons, 9 physician's assistants and over 200 employees. As a multi-specialty practice, Asheville Radiology is the largest of its kind in western North Carolina. We provide a wide range of imaging services including Women's Imaging, CT, Interventional Radiology, MRI, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Medicine, Body Imaging, Musculoskeletal Radiology and General and Vascular Ultrasounds. Our group is dedicated to providing the highest quality imaging services available utilizing the latest technology.

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