In 1885 a group of Asheville women formed “the Little Flower Mission” and opened a small hospital in a rented five-room house to help meet the healthcare needs of their local mountain community. Mission Health’s founders could little imagine the ways their Mission would grow and evolve over the next 133 years.
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. We are excited to share with you our 2017 Annual Report, Making Good: Together, Changing Lives and Growing Opportunities for Western North Carolina.
Through our partnerships, innovations and daily commitment to improving the Mission Experience, the spirit of our founders continues to guide us every day.
What You’ll Find in the Annual Report
In 2017, Mission Health helped serve the needs of the people in the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina by investing more than $201 million in community programs and partnerships. The stories of these partnerships and community investments rarely make the headlines, yet they are at the heart of what Mission Health does 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This Annual Report goes beyond the financials of Mission Health – it takes us into the lives of the people who are impacted to tell the stories of innovation in clinical care, as well as the economic impacts and career opportunities in our local communities. It also explores our partnerships with you – local businesses and agencies – from law enforcement and social services, to educational institutions like A-B Tech, MAHEC and Western Carolina University, to community nonprofits like Green Opportunities, Project SEARCH, Haywood Street Respite and Homeward Bound.
Mission Health is delivering on the original promise of the Little Flower Mission through the work of more than 12,000 healthcare professionals and team members who provide all forms of care – from preventive care to critical lifesaving procedures, to rehabilitative and hospice services – and the associated support services that contribute to the vitality of our community. This publication is dedicated to the more than 12,000 team members at Mission Health who make our work possible.