Less than 50 days from now, the new $46 million hospital for McDowell County will open its doors and start treating patients. It will also open under a new name.

Feb. 23 has been scheduled as the day to move patients from the old hospital to the new one. And when it opens, it will be under the name of Mission Hospital McDowell.

This new name emphasizes the commitment that Mission Health has to not only McDowell County but surrounding communities as well, said Hospital President Carol Wolfenbarger.

The square footage for the old hospital is 80,000 and has two stories while the new one will cover 105,000 square feet and have three stories. The $46 million project represents a major investment by Mission in the future health care needs of not only McDowell County but surrounding communities too. Wolfenbarger said Mission is reaching out to Burke and other adjacent counties to let them know they can have access to Mission’s health care system here in McDowell County.

The hospital's Imaging Center will have CT scanning, radiography, MRI and ultrasound throughout the entire transition from the current facility to the new. Nuclear medicine and mammography will be offered at other Mission facilities during the transition period. Once the new facility opens on Feb. 23, all of these will be available at Mission Hospital McDowell.

Another new development is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its star ratings for hospitals nationwide and McDowell Hospital was one of three Mission Health Hospitals (and one of only 10 hospitals in the state) to receive the prestigious 5 Star rating, according to Wolfenbarger.

“That was a great Christmas present,” she said.

The overall rating ranges from one to five stars. The more stars, the better a hospital performed on the available quality measures. The most common overall rating is 3 stars. Other nearby hospitals ranked significantly lower, Wolfenbarger said

You can see all rankings here: medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html).

The overall 5-star rating summarizes up to 57 different measures of quality at the hospital. The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the United States.

Wolfenbarger said Mission Health focuses relentlessly on patient safety, quality and experience.

“With five member hospitals supported by Mission Health, we have a network of care that has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 15 health systems by Truven Health Analytics/IBM Watson Health in five out of the last six years,” she added.

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