Asheville Hospitalist Group Welcomes Dr. Valerie Garrett
Asheville Hospitalist Group, a practice of Mission Medical Associates, is pleased to welcome Valerie Garrett, M.D. Dr. Garrett joins a team of doctors who specialize in caring for adult patients who are hospitalized at Mission Hospital.
In addition to stabilizing patients and diagnosing their condition, Dr. Garrett is responsible for explaining and communicating information about patients' health problems and treatment plans to the patient, the family and other doctors. She has special professional interests in systems analysis related to quality and process improvement, and international health issues. She has worked as an epidemiologist in East Africa and has volunteered in the Himalayan region of India. Dr. Garrett most recently served as a hospitalist with Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine and previously worked for several years in private practice internal medicine in Murphy, NC.
She earned her medical degree from the University of Mississippi, and then completed her residency training in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Garrett, a former officer of the Epidemiology Intelligence Service (EIS) at the Centers for Disease Control, completed fellowship training in applied epidemiology with the EIS' Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch. She is board certified in internal medicine.
"I enjoy the culture and geography of Western North Carolina," said Dr. Garrett. "But what really has kept me here is the excellence at Mission Hospital - the physician community, the nursing competency and the willingness to embrace technology."
"We welcome the arrival of Dr. Garrett," said Jeffrey Moreadith, M.D., managing physician for Asheville Hospitalist Group. "Her background will be a tremendous asset in serving the patients entrusted to our care."
Established in 1997, Asheville Hospitalist Group is part of Mission Medical Associates, the physician group practice of Mission Health System. Asheville Hospitalist Group is one of the largest hospitalist groups in the Southeast, and its physicians have received national recognition for their participation in programs such as Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older Adults through Safe Transitions). Asheville Hospitalist Group provides around-the-clock adult inpatient care at Mission Hospital, and some of its physicians also provide pediatric inpatient care at Mission Children's Hospital.