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Oct 8, 2011
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Pardee and Mission Break Ground in Fletcher

This rendering shows what the completed health care facility in Fletcher will look lile

This rendering shows what the completed health care facility in Fletcher will look lile

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WHAT HAPPENED? Administrators from Pardee Hospital in Henderson County and Mission Hospital in Buncombe County shook hands and moved earth to commemorate the cemeremonial start of construction on the Misison Pardeee Health Campus at 2651 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher.

WHY DO YOU CARE? That location is in the backyard of Fletcher's Park Ridge Hosptial and marks another Pardee partnership in the increasingly competitive healthcare business in Western North Carolina.

Also, members of the Henderson County Commissioner asked Pardee to delay the groundbreaking ceremony because they wanted more information about the partnership but Pardee's Board of Directors refused.

HOW DID IT GO DOWN? Mission Health CEO Dr. Ron Paulus was very optimistic about what the new facility could mean for Fletcher.

"This will be for the health of Fletcher both economically and physically," Dr. Paulus said of the 80,000 square foot facility which will include an urgent care facility operating outside of regular business hours, a retail pharmacy and lab servies. "It is our intent to use this to promote growth and well being. Our shared vision is convenient to keeping people healthly and letting consumers choose where they get their health care. There is no partnership like this in Western North Carolina or in healthcare in North Carolina as a whole.

Pardee CEO Jay Kirby agreed.

“With an ever changing healthcare environment and increasing expectation of those who serve will require an entirely new set of values; values that emphasize perseverance, humility, disciple and teamwork,” Kirby seconded. "Both Pardee and Misison serve a vast majority of folks in this community and our common strageties must evolve to meet the needs of the people we serve. Health care is an ever-changing enviornment. Today, we pledge to work together to work together to meet ever increasing expectations."

WANT MORE? Visit missionpardeehealthcampus.org.

WHAT’S NEXT? The new campus, which could cost as much as $50 million, will be constructed on the former site of Youngblood Truck Lines on the Henderson County line and is scheduled to open  in January 2013.

Correspondent Jonathan Rich may be contacted at jonathan@hvillescoop.com.

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