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Transyl_Groundbreak_POSTER_Art_RenderingsBREVARD, N.C. (JULY 25, 2016) – Mission Health and Transylvania Regional Hospital officials joined members of the community today in a groundbreaking ceremony for a $7.8 million expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department.

The new Emergency Department will open in fall 2017 and will replace the existing department with a 10,700-square-foot addition, including a 1,555-square-foot renovation.

“As part of our Mission Future Ready campaign, Mission Health is investing hundreds of millions in new facilities, equipment and upgrades throughout western North Carolina to ensure quality care and comfort for all of our patients and staff,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “Ultimately, all of these investments are rooted in Mission Health’s BIG(GER) Aim: to get every person to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for each person, family and team member.”

With 417 employees and an annual economic impact of more than $83 million, Transylvania Regional Hospital sees more than 36,000 outpatient visits and nearly 16,000 emergency department visits each year.

“Access to convenient, quality emergency care is a critical need for everyone,” said Kathy Guyette, Mission Health’s Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals. “Given the number of individuals who use the Emergency Department, this expansion will ensure that we will continue to deliver the outstanding local care that residents in Transylvania County deserve by decreasing wait times and increasing comfort and convenience for our patients and families.”

“We are so pleased to make this important investment for our community,” said Ros Bowers, Board Chair Transylvania Regional Hospital. “Mission Health has been regularly recognized as one of the Top 15 Health Systems in America and Transylvania Regional Hospital has been designated a Joint Commission Top Performer for numerous years. We are delighted to be a member of Mission Health and together, we are dedicated to serving our community for decades to come.”

The expansion features 12 beds in larger rooms that surround a centralized nursing station, providing optimal supervision of all patients. Four rooms will be dedicated to behavioral health patients, and there will be dedicated space for less traumatic emergencies such as bone breaks.

About Transylvania Regional Hospital

Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH), a member of Mission Health, is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital serving Transylvania and the surrounding counties. Located in Brevard, N.C., TRH is a Critical Access Hospital operating 25 beds and has more than 400 employees and 150 volunteers. TRH offers comprehensive services through more than 120 active, consulting and courtesy physicians representing a full spectrum of specialties. TRH was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. For more information, please visit

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems from 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, becoming the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health 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. With approximately 10,700 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 or @MissionHealthNC.