October 21, 2016

Give Thanks to Our Emergency and Behavioral Health Team Members – They’re There When We Need Them Most

blog-give-well-week-12Mission Health was recently part of the focus of a story about wait times in the Emergency Room, particularly as it pertains to patients with mental health and behavioral challenges. We know that there is a nationwide behavioral health crisis and our doctors, nurses and staff are working around the clock to treat our patients with the greatest mental health needs. To that end, we are investing nearly half a billion dollars to Mission Health to address these issues head on and expanding our emergency departments across the region. Our goal is to help our patients to the very best of our ability.

Our Emergency and Behavioral Department team members work extraordinarily hard to ensure the best possible healthcare for all our patients. It’s particularly challenging for our team to work with patients who do not have adequate mental health and behavioral support outside of the hospital, so we are incredibly thankful to our team members who help treat and establish protocols for our patients who don’t have them. To show our Emergency and Behavioral Department how much we value and appreciate their work and the work of everyone at Mission Health, we’ve established The Team Member Fund.

The Team Member Fund allows us to fund critically important initiatives that are not typically included in a budget’s department.  This fund performs several important functions, including funding instruments like otoscopes and providing access to continuing education. Another important function of The Team Member Fund is the Employee Emergency Loan and Grant Program that helps team members in times of need. Being able to provide this level of care for our team members enables us to continue to better care to our patients.

Other ways that we can give back to our Mission Health family is by contributing to the Hospital for Advanced Medicine. When the new hospital opens its doors in 2019, among the many benefits it will offer our caregivers and patients is a greatly expanded emergency department (increased from 47,000 to 83,000 feet or 77 percent larger) with state-of-the art services and life-saving technologies. The new Hospital for Advanced Medicine in Asheville will be 12 stories, cover 600,000 square feet and include:

  • 220 patient rooms
  • Consolidated operating rooms (ORs) with support space
  • Expanded emergency department space
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Interventional radiology

As you know, providing this level of care would not be possible without the unwavering dedication of our nursing teams. And we are committed to helping our nurses provide the best bedside care and clinical skill possible. Our nurses must embody compassion and courage and also possess the technical skills required to provide outstanding care. To encourage this level of skill, our nurses must continually pursue education and opportunities that not only enrich their lives but also the lives of their patients. Some of these opportunities include:

  • Professional Development (nursing education/travel; posters, podium and research presentations)
  • Board Written Certifications (review courses)
  • Nursing Leadership Academies (Nurse Directors, Nurse Managers, Nursing Unit, Supervisors/Charge Nurses)
  • New Graduate RN Residency (ANCC-certified new graduate residency program)
  • Periop 101 Orientation Residency (ASPAN training modules)
  • Career Progression Specialty Experiences:  Sr. Nursing Student Practicum and Special New Hire Group Cohorts
  • Advanced Practitioner Transition to Practice Program

These are just a few of the cases of critical need that are supported by the Give Well Campaign. When you’re giving to the Give Well Campaign, we would encourage you to give to the areas you’re most passionate about, including your Emergency and Behavioral Health Department. Your gifts are greatly needed and appreciated. To learn more about how you can help, just go to givewell.missionphilanthropy.com and read about the Critical Funding Needs for Mission Health and programs supported by United Way.

Ways to Give Thanks:

  • The Team Member Fund
  • Nursing Education
  • Behavioral Health
  • Hospital for Advanced Medicine
  • Local Emergency Department