Mission Hospital McDowell was officially introduced to the community during a ribbon-cutting celebration on Wednesday, February 21. McDowell County’s newest healthcare facility will soon open its doors for patient care, coming spring 2018.
“We are so proud to celebrate the opening of the new Mission Hospital McDowell,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “The new Mission Hospital McDowell was designed to serve this community’s unique and growing healthcare needs now and in the coming decades. It represents one of the largest investments in McDowell County and one of the largest we’re making in western North Carolina. It is a testament to the very significant commitment that we have made in McDowell County to provide exceptional care in a state-of-the-art facility, close to home.”
The three-floor, 105,000 square-foot facility was designed to provide the most current technology, effective care, and customized, easy-to-access care for patients and families. Enhanced operating rooms, five dedicated birthing suites, and family zones that prioritize the comfort of families and loved ones comprise just some of the many improvements the hospital will offer. Its Emergency Department will now have 15 rooms, with three “safe” rooms designated for patients with behavioral health needs, as well as two trauma rooms. The pharmacy will be centrally located, and the new medical office building, Mission Health Center – McDowell, will now be adjacent to the facility so that patients have easy access to their primary care physicians and specialists in one central location.
Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE, President of Mission Hospital McDowell, has overseen the project throughout its nearly two-and-a-half-year duration, and is firm in her belief that it will enhance the patient experience in many ways. “The game changer about our new facility is that it is designed around the patient, rather than our patients having to search and travel for the services, specialists, and clinicians that they need. This is truly the definition of patient-centered care. Our membership in Mission Health also means that the residents of McDowell and its surrounding counties can count on receiving sophisticated, system-strengthened, prompt, and safe care in a facility designed from the ground up to meet the needs of our patients and families,” Wolfenbarger said.