Mission Hospital Chief Medical Officer Expands Role

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2012) – Mission Health today announced that Dale Fell, MD, previously Chief Medical Officer of Mission Hospital, will expand his role to System Chief Medical Officer and remain Senior Vice President of Mission Health. In this new role, Dr. Fell will be responsible for ensuring a consistency in medical staff and clinical processes across Mission Health.

Dr. Fell has served as Chief Medical Officer of Mission Hospital since 2005 – a period in which Mission Health experienced tremendous growth. In light of this growth, Dr. Fell has been charged in his new role with supporting Mission Health’s focus on “system-ness” across Mission Health members – by providing consistent leadership in health care quality, patient safety and clinical effectiveness. He will also serve as Mission Health’s primary liaison with other “safety net” health care providers in western North Carolina, and continue a focus on research and education.

“Our BIG(GER) Aim is to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “In order to ensure that we achieve this for each and every patient, we must achieve a consistency and synergy across all Mission Health members. Over the past year, I have been inundated with requests for Dr. Fell to spend additional time across the region. Dale has a long history of working with physician and community leaders and achieving exemplary results, and we look forward to his continuing his efforts on a broader level within Mission Health.”

“Excellence in patient care requires, among other things, physicians who are working together in a concerted effort to develop consistently high quality levels of care and service,” said Dr. Fell. “My goal is to serve as a system-wide resource, assisting the physicians and other clinicians across Mission Health to deliver exceptional patient care.  I’m delighted to reach out across the region to support our system-wide focus on our BIG(GER) Aim.”

Dr. Fell earned his medical degree at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. and completed his residency training in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. He currently serves as Board Chair at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and serves on the board of other organizations in Asheville, including Asheville Imaging Center, Asheville Specialty Hospital and western North Carolina Community Health Services.