World Class Heart Care
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 team maintains years of specialized clinical experience, and is dedicated to caring for patients with skill and compassion. Our physician teams with Asheville Cardiology Associates and Asheville Heart deliver a team-oriented approach to patient heart issues, with a high level of technical expertise.
Mission Heart has been recognized by Truven Health Analytics (a leading authority on clinical quality) as a "Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital" for the twelfth time learn more here. 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 four rated STS database categories. At the end of 2015, Mission Heart was once again recognized with the highest STS ratings in all four categories.
By the Numbers: Mission Heart at a Glance
- Mission Heart has been named one of America's Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in 2018, the twelfth time since 2000 that Mission has received this recognition.
Mission Heart at Mission Hospital has the No. 1 survival rate in North Carolina for patients experiencing a heart attack.
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 percent.
Regional leader in "Door to Balloon" times: At Mission Heart, 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: Mission Heart at Mission Hospital is among only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor for commitment and success implementing a higher care standard for heart attack patients. Mission has demonstrated this same high-level performance since 2009.
Best outcomes in our region: Mission Heart boasts excellent post-discharge patient outcomes, consistently in the top 2.8 percent of all hospitals for 30-day mortality and top 0.8 percent for all hospitals for 30-day re-admissions.
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.
Mission Health received the “Get with the Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Achievement Award in 2012” from the American Heart Association.
- Mission Heart earned Heart Failure Program Accreditation in 2011 from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
Why Heart Care Professionals Choose Mission Heart
Hear why surgeons, nursing staff, patient navigators and Advanced Cardiac Care Clinic personnel choose to work with Mission Heart, ranked as a Top 50 Heart Center in America.
Did you Know?
Over the past 10 years our physicians have performed in excess of 50,000 coronary angiograms as well as more than 20,000 cardiac and thoracic surgeries since the program was founded over 30 years ago. This breadth of experience, has led to outstanding survival rates for our 18,000 annual heart patients, soaring beyond the national average. Our post-treatment readmission rates rank far below the national average - meaning our patients have a better chance of staying well.
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