Rutherford Regional Health System to Negotiate Affiliation with Mission Health

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2012) - After an extensive search to identify the best possible long-term partner for its health system and community, Rutherford Regional Health System, located in Rutherfordton, N.C., has decided to move forward to negotiate a formal affiliation agreement with Mission Health.

Based upon a unanimous decision by the Rutherford Regional Health System Board of Trustees, the health system and Mission Health will now begin negotiating a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will detail the terms of the affiliation.

"We are honored that the leadership of Rutherford Regional Health System has selected Mission Health for a potential partnership," said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. "In all of our discussions with Rutherford, we focused extensively on our unwavering commitment to quality, with a patient-centered focus in everything that we do. We look forward to working with Rutherford Regional Health System on a successful negotiation and are confident that by combining the resources, talent and experience of both organizations, we can ensure that care remains available close to home. Together, we are a step closer to achieving Mission Health's BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family."

Once an MOU has been finalized and approved by both boards, a joint announcement will be made detailing the terms of the affiliation.