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Superior Heart Services at Mission Heart

For more than 40 years, Mission Heart has been a regional leader in cardiothoracic surgery and heart care. Committed to high quality and superior outcomes, our award-winning staff has many years of specialized clinical experience, and is dedicated to caring for patients with skill and compassion. Our physician team at Asheville Cardiology Associates and Asheville Heart deliver a team-oriented approach to patient heart issues, with a high level of technical expertise.

Recently, Mission Heart has been recognized by Truven Health Analytics (a leading authority on clinical quality) as a "Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital" for the tenth time. Mission Heart is one of only two hospitals in the Carolinas to receive this recognition. Only five hospitals in the United States have been named to the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital list more times than Mission Heart.

In 2014, Mission Heart was one of only eight Cardiac Surgery Programs in the nation to receive the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ (STS) highest ranking – three stars – for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR), and AVR/CABG combined surgery. In 2015, Mission's cardiothoracic program received an additional STS three-star rating for pulmonary resections - making Mission Heart one of the very few programs in the nation  to achieve three-stars in all 4 rated STS database categories.

Mission Heart at a Glance

  • Highest recognition in four care categories by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons - Of nearly 1,000 heart programs in America, Mission Heart consistently performs in the top 2%.
  • Regional leader in “Door to Balloon” times - Our coordinated efforts with local EMS help heart attack patients get the treatment they need fast, for  a better chance of survival.
  • 2015 ACTION Registry-GWTGTM Platinum Performance Achievement Award - One of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor for commitment and success implementing a higher care standard for heart attack patients.
  • Best outcomes in our region - We have excellent post-discharge patient outcomes - top 2.8% of all hospitals for 30-day mortality and top 0.8% for all hospitals for 30-day readmissions.
  • Superior heart failure outcomes - Patients with primary heart failure diagnosis are 5 times less likely to be readmitted to the hospital if they are followed post discharge by our Heart Failure Disease Management Clinic.
  • Heart Support Group - Helping patients and families/caregivers learn about cardiovascular disease and ways to manage on a daily basis. First Tuesday each month at Asheville Cardiology Associates, 2:00 – 3:30pm.
  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) - Mission Heart now offers this advanced care option for heart patients. Learn more at
  • Advanced Cardiac Care Clinic - Our Structural Heart Program offers a multidisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to complete cardiac care, offering TAVR for problematic heart valve conditions. Call 828-213-0152.
  • Heart Path (Cardiac Rehabilitation) - A comprehensive program of monitored exercise, dietary education, and stress management - offering individualized care plans to help you recover from a cardiac event. Call (828) 213-7000
  • Asheville Cardiology Associates - 35 top cardiologists (including three pediatric cardiologists) and a support staff of over 200 highly skilled heart care professionals - always improving and putting patients first. Call (828) 274-6000.


Advanced Cardiac Therapies

Mechanical Circulatory Support may offer those living with advanced heart failure the opportunity for improved quality of life.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The cardiac rehabilitation and intervention track is a multidisciplinary program designed to assist those with a variety of chronic heart conditions or those recovering from cardiac surgery. Our program enables patients and families to improve their quality of life through a combined program of education, diet and exercise.


No other provider in western North Carolina is home to more cardiovascular innovation, coordinated care, and talent than Mission Hospital and Asheville Cardiology Associates. Our heart physicians are dedicated to providing groundbreaking, comprehensive care to our heart attack patients. During a heart attack, time matters. Mission Heart and ACA physicians boast one of the lowest Door-to-treatment times in the country.


Heart Failure

Mission Heart features a comprehensive and innovative Heart Failure Program. Our carefully coordinated care ensures that you receive the latest evidence-based treatments, follow-up care and support you need to prevent complications and maintain optimal health. After diagnosis, our expert medical staff provides treatments designed to reduce the symptoms and forestall the progress of heart failure. Treatment begins with helping you manage risk factors. Losing weight, limiting salt and fat in the diet, abstaining from smoking and alcohol consumption, keeping blood sugar levels in normal ranges and obtaining sufficient amounts of sleep are all factors that minimize the risk of further heart failure.

Heart Failure Treatments

Key features of the Heart Failure Program:

  • Continuum of Care: Multidisciplinary Team approach across the continuum of care including physicians, advanced practitioners, specially trained nurses, nurse navigators, care managers, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers, among others.
  • Guideline Directed Medical Therapy: Encompassing diagnosis, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management, interventional medical device therapy and advanced therapies including mechanical circulatory assist.
  • Consistency of Care: Effective transitions of care across the continuum to ensure consistency of care, communication and partnerships between providers including incorporation of the Heart Failure Disease Management Clinic.


Heart Path

Heart Path is a state and nationally certified, comprehensive program of cardiac rehabilitation. It will help you look at the risk factors that cause heart disease and design a plan of care to lower your risks for future problems with your heart.

Heart Path Provides:

  • A medically supervised exercise program that will help you return to your daily activities and decrease your risk for heart disease
  • Education about your personal risk factors
  • Regular reports to your doctors
  • Family involvement your loved ones are asked to take part in education, group support and consultations
  • A personal recovery plan – Heart Path staff will help you set goals to improve heart health


Heart Valve Replacement

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a procedure in which a valve is inserted through a catheter and implanted within the diseased native aortic valve. It is a less invasive treatment option than open-heart valve surgery. With TAVR, a valve can be replaced in as little as 90 minutes and recovery takes only days.

Following the TAVR, you will be moved to an intensive care unit or cardiac care unit. Patients typically are able to be up and walking within 24-48 hours after their procedure. Your doctor will determine when you are ready to move to a standard hospital room. The typical hospital stay for the TAVR is 3-5 days.

Summary Of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement:

  • Local or general anesthesia
  • Heart pumps normally
  • Catheter delivers valve to heart
  • Valve replaced during 1-3 hour procedure (typical)
  • 3-5 day hospital stay (typical)
  • Approximately 1-week recovery period

What sets our Complex Valve Program apart?

  • Mission Heart is renowned for its treatment of complex valve disease. The following points explain how our program has achieved success:
  • Volume - In 2014, Mission performed more than 400 valve procedures, five times more than the average U.S. heart program.  
  • Options for Complex Patients - Over the past decade, Mission’s heart surgery team has performed more than 1,200 valve repairs, including double and triple valve repair and/or replacement surgeries and complex aortic root reconstructions. Over the past two years, Mission Heart has performed more than 125 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures. Caring for the complex valve surgery patient is what we do every day. 
  • Outcomes - When compared to a large national cohort of aortic valve replacement patients, Mission’s 30-day mortality rates are significantly lower than the national average. This means you stand a much better chance of surviving and thriving with Mission Heart.
  • Research and Education - Mission’s heart team is involved in major clinical trials that are pioneering new treatment options for complex heart patients.
  • With nationally-recognized heart care close to home, Mission Heart's Complex Valve Disease Program looks forward to working with you and your physician to provide superior services and outcomes.


Below: See how TAVR patient Nels Glesne's life was changed by his valve replacement procedure.

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)


Mission Heart Ventricular Assist Device Program 

Mission Heart is leading the way in western North Carolina and the surrounding region by offering the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) as a component of our comprehensive heart failure management program.  This surgically-implanted device can have a profound, positive impact on survival, functionality and quality of life for those living with advanced heart failure, who are not responding to traditional medical therapies.  

What is a ventricular assist device? 

A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a surgically-implanted mechanical device that improves blood flow through the heart and can greatly improve survival and quality of life. 

A Multidisciplinary Team

The VAD Team at Mission includes a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon, heart failure cardiologist, LVAD coordinators, nurse practitioners, a licensed clinical social worker, registered dietician, financial counselor, and other specialists as needed.  We work together to provide our patients with the highest level of care and support 24-hours-a-day.

Patient-centered Approach

We understand that each patient and family is unique.  Our team is committed to providing our patients the highest level of care to meet each individual's healthcare and quality of life goals.



Above: Learn how Mission Heart and Asheville Heart surgeon Mark Groh, MD helped local patient Robert through a complex heart procedure.

Above: Joe Schmalo of Highlands, NC tells about how his life was saved through the efforts of primary care physicians, staff at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, and Mission Heart.

Above: Cardiologist Joshua Leitner, MD talks about the importance of the TAVR procedure to help patients with failing heart valves.

Above: Dr. Brian Asbill tells how he chose the CHIP program to help promote healthy lifestyle and heart health improvment in our community.

Above: VAD patient Shurman Surrett talks about life with the ventricular assist device

Above: Dana Triplett of the Advanced Cardiac Care Clinic explains the TAVR procedure.

Above: VAD caregiver Margaret Surrett speaks about life adjustments in helping her husband Shurman with his ventricular assist device.

Above: Surgeon Stephen Ely, MD tells us about the VAD procedure.

Above: Learn why so many highly skilled heart care professionals choose to practice at Mission Heart.

Above: Dr. Brian Asbill shares a "Cooking with the Docs" session with our community.

Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a lifestyle education program that can help you prevent and reverse risk factors for obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. The program has been highly successful in helping local individuals greatly improve their health and reduce their risk for developing heart disease

The medical director is Dr. Brian Asbill, a cardiologist and lipidologist with Asheville Cardiology Associates. The program offers before and after clinical lifestyle evaluations, including tests for total cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure and body-mass index. Most participants can see significant changes in as little as 30 days.

There is a fee involved to join the program, but Asheville Cardiology Associates is willing to work with participants to design a pay structure that will fit into almost any budget. Once you have completed the program, there are no more additional fees involved, and you can participate in our CHIPPER's Support Group at no cost in the future.

To sign up, or for more information, call (828) 274-6000, ext. 319.

UPDATE: Our upcoming CHIP session begins February 22 (day classes) and February 23 (night classes).
Call today to sign up, or for more information, call (828) 274-6000, ext. 319.

CHIP Medical Director Dr. Brian Asbill explains why he chose the program to help promote lifestyle change and improved health in our community.

CHIP Medical Director Dr. Brian Asbill explains how the program is structured.

Contact Us

Advanced Cardiac Care Clinic
509 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828)213-0152
Fax: (828)213-7053

Our VAD Coordinators are:
Liz Allen, RN, CCRN
Lauren Hill, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Heart Support Group

The Heart Support Group is designed to help patients and their families/caregivers learn more about cardiovascular disease and ways to manage on a daily basis. These monthly meetings will also give patients a chance to meet others living with the same condition. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Asheville Cardiology Associates from 2:00 – 3:30pm.


Cardiology Locations

Asheville Cardiology Associates
5 Vanderbilt Park Drive
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone: (828)274-6000
Fax: (828)274-6025

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


Asheville Cardiology Associates - Brevard
89 Medical Park Drive, Suite C
Brevard, NC 28712

Phone: (828)883-2131
Fax: (828)883-4550

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


Asheville Cardiology Associates - Rutherfordton
128 Dr. Henry Norris Drive
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Phone: (828)286-3479
Fax: (828)286-9575

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm 


Asheville Cardiology Associates - Franklin
55 Medical Park Drive
Franklin, NC 28734

Phone: (828)349-6611
Fax: (828)349-6615

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


Hendersonville Cardiology
691 Blythe Street
Hendersonville, NC 28739

Phone: (828)693-5010
Fax: (828)693-7003

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


Sylva Cardiology
80 Healthcare Drive, Suite 201
Sylva, NC 28779

Phone: (828)586-7451
Fax: (828)586-7453

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


Angel Cardiac Rehabilitation
55 Medical Park Drive, Suite 100
Franklin, NC 28734

Phone: (828)349-8290

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


Heart Path (Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab)
5 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 301
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone: (828)213-7000
Fax: (828)213-7178

Monday-Friday 6:30am-5:00pm


Heart Failure Disease Management Clinic
5 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Second Floor
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone: (828)213-7780
Fax: (828)213-7790

Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm


Part Time ACA Satellite Locations

Asheville Cardiology Associates - Highlands
209 Hospital Drive, Suite 104
Highlands, NC 28741


Asheville Cardiology Associates - Spruce Pine
189 Hospital Drive, Suite A
Spruce Pine, NC 28777


Asheville Cardiology Associates - McDowell
1633 Sugar Hill Road
Marion, NC 28752


Asheville Cardiology Associates - Columbus
589 Peniel Road
Columbus, NC 28722


Asheville Cardiology Associates Pediatrics - Rutherfordton
128 Dr. Henry Norris Drive
Rutherfordton, NC 28139


Asheville Cardiology Associates Pediatrics - Morganton
149 West Parker Road
Morganton, NC 28655


Asheville Cardiology Associates Pediatrics - McDowell
387 US 70 West
Marion, NC 28752