Mission Health Opens Pediatrics Practices in Sylva and Bryson City

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2013) – Mission Children’s Sylva and Mission Children’s Bryson City opened today to provide comprehensive pediatric care to the westernmost counties of North Carolina. Formerly known as Sylva Pediatrics, the renamed practices in Sylva and Bryson City will now operate under the umbrella of Mission Children’s Hospital to deliver the same high quality pediatric care provided by the original physicians along with access to the specialized services of a world-class health system.

“This collaboration will enable us to enhance our continuum of care and integrate with a health system marked by quality and patient focus,” said Penny O’Neill, MD, Pediatrician at Mission Children’s Sylva. “With the support of Mission Health, we can now focus even more of our time, attention and resources on our patients and their loved ones. We will continue our focus on delivering the best possible pediatric care to our patients, close to home.”

Mission Health has been working with the former pediatric centers to make the transition smooth for its physicians and staff and to prevent any disruption in services to the patients. Mission Children’s Sylva and Mission Children’s Bryson City will operate at the same addresses and locations as the former Sylva Pediatrics centers in Sylva and Bryson City, which have served the region for more than 30 years.

“Our patients will continue to receive the same high quality health care they have come to know and expect from these dedicated physicians,” said Susan Mims, MD, Vice President and Medical Director of Mission Children’s Hospital. “They will also gain the support of specialties available only at a regional children’s hospital. Our physicians are subspecialists with advanced medical training in specific childhood diseases, disorders and conditions. They are committed to providing clinically excellent, personalized, family-centered care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents, and the families who love them. We are pleased to bring this specialized care to local, convenient settings right here in western North Carolina.”