Pictured left to right: Tammy Wood, VP of Hospital Owned Practices, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; Dr. Randy Ellis, Blue Ridge Regional Foundation Board Member; Grant Caudill, Wells Fargo Assistant Vice President/Community Banking District Manager; Dr. Bryan Murphy, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital OB/GYN.

Wells Fargo Donates to BRRH Women's Health

Wells Fargo Bank has provided a grant of $28,490 to the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation for the purchase of diagnostic and treatment equipment for the hospital’s Women’s Health services.  The urodynamic equipment will offer new treatment options for pelvic health disorders and urological conditions.  BRRH physicians indicate that they are seeing an increased number of women whose quality of life could be significantly improved with this level of treatment. The addition of the new equipment will enable women in the region to receive care close to home rather than travel an hour or more to receive treatment.
“We are pleased to make this investment in the Blue Ridge Hospital Foundation to support Women’s Health Services,” said Grant Caudill, District Manager for Wells Fargo in Asheville.  “Wells Fargo has designated health and human services as one of our primary focus areas. We believe that enabling access to health care is one of the most important investments we can make in our community. Wells Fargo is responsible for promoting the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities. If they prosper, so do we.”
In anticipation of updated and expanded clinic space in the new BRRH Medical Office Building, Wells Fargo’s grant will help to provide expanded services for the Women’s Health practice.  With this equipment in the clinic setting, tests for these conditions can be done while the patient is in the office for her visit. In-office visits and treatment will reduce expenses for the patient and offer options for minimally-invasive outpatient procedures. Wells Fargo’s sponsorship will help to ensure that the OB/GYN physicians at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital will have the necessary technological tools to provide the highest level of care to women of all ages.
“This is an exciting time for women’s health care at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and we are so appreciative for Wells Fargo’s grant,” said Tammy Wood, Vice President of the Hospital-Owned Practices.  “Their contribution will help support our continued efforts to provide quality patient care close to home.” 
About Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, based in Spruce Pine, N.C., is a not-for-profit hospital and serves Mitchell, Yancey, lower Avery and upper McDowell counties. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital has provided excellent healthcare services for the region since 1955. Cleverley & Associates has recognized Blue Ridge Regional Hospital as a Community Value 5-Star Hospital for 10 consecutive years. Medical specialties offered by Blue Ridge include emergency services, OB services, critical care, rehabilitation services and fitness center, cancer services, orthopedics, general surgical services, pain management, pediatrics, family medicine, sleep disorders and wound care. In addition, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital offers clinics for the following specialties: allergy and asthma; cardiology, dermatology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; ophthalmology and kidney care (nephrology). Blue Ridge Regional Hospital employs 450 people and is a member of Mission Health, recognized in 2012 and 2013 as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. For more information, please visit blueridgehospital.org.
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.
Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 795 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 10,600 employees and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org.

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