Business Buzz: 1/6/21

January 6, 2021

In this week’s Business Buzz, AdventHealth Hendersonville and Mission Hospital were nationally recognized for hospital safety. Second Gear and Adoratherapy announce openings.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville and Mission Hospital were nationally recognized with an ‘A’ for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. AdventHealth Hendersonville and Mission Hospital have been awarded an ‘A’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This Fall 2020 designation is the ninth consecutive ‘A’ grade. This honor is a national distinction recognizing AdventHealth’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
  • Strict standards lead to YMCA’s low COVID positivity rate. North Carolina’s YMCAs are dedicated to ensuring the safety of employees and members by meeting or exceeding the guidelines and recommendations of our state and local health experts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across our state, the NC Alliance of YMCAs conducted a study to test the efficacy of NC YMCAs’ health protocols statewide. The study examined YMCA fitness centers between Sept. 4 and Nov. 30, 2020. With nearly 1.3 million visits to 89 YMCA locations across North Carolina, the Y was notified of only 57 COVID-19 cases – a positivity rate of just .0045%. The study, which found no clusters in YMCA fitness centers, is a bright spot considering the Y’s struggle to balance substantial revenue losses with an unprecedented demand for critical services.  In addition to providing community members with opportunities for exercise to maintain and improve their health, NC YMCAs have provided remote learning support for nearly 9,000 children at 117 sites, served or delivered more than 677,000 meals to those in need, and made more than 88,000 wellness checks on seniors and others at risk since the start of the pandemic.


  • Roost Home Management donates to Irene Wortham Center. When Matthew Rooks, owner and founder of Roost Home Management, set out to start a company his intention was that it would be an active contributor to the community. Weaving the ideal of “giving back” in to Roost Home Management’s mission, each year the company partners with a local nonprofit organization. Roost promotes the non-profit’s mission in three ways – awareness, volunteerism and philanthropy. The non-profit is socialized through Roost’s monthly newsletter and social media platforms. The company plans volunteer opportunity’s and donates a portion of their annual revenue. “I grew up in a family that believed in helping others and it’s just who I am”, says Rooks, “From the start of Roost, I wanted the company to be known for more than just our property caretaking services; I want the company to be part of the bigger picture.” To learn more about Irene Wortham Center: To learn more about Roost Home Management:


  • Thanks to amazing support from the local community and visitors to Asheville, Second Gear has experienced remarkable growth in recent years. This success has resulted in the business outgrowing their current location. Second Gear will be moving to a new location in spring 2021!  The new address, 99 Riverside Drive will allow Second Gear to offer an even larger selection of gear and services in over 10,000 square feet. Plans include a café by Sugar and Snow Gelato who will provide lite bites and beverages while also sharing the building with Asheville Adventure Company who will provide biking, paddling, and hiking tours. The continued support Second Gear has received over the past 16 years has amounted to nearly 4 million dollars paid in consignment fees to over 10,000 consignors.
  • Adoratherapy launches first retail store at the Grove Arcade. Adoratherapy, who moved its manufacturing operations from New Jersey to North Carolina in 2015, is now launching its first Retail store and Mood Boost Bar, in downtown Asheville at the Grove Arcade, a historic architectural landmark. For more information visit:


  • Mars Hill University’s Adult & Graduate Studies program will host two open houses on Thursday, January 14. The open houses will focus on undergraduate degree programs, and will be held online in a virtual format. The first session will be at 12 p.m., and the second at 7 p.m., to allow attendees to choose the time which best fits their schedules. Attendees will be able to learn more about the university’s degree completion offerings for working adults and other non-traditional students. Those offerings include the newest degree available through Adult Studies: a bachelor of arts in psychology, beginning in fall 2021 and offered fully online. Also featured at the open house will be the business management program, which now is offered fully online; as well as education and social work, which are offered in a traditional in-person format. Those interested in attending should visit to register and receive the link to the virtual open house. For more information, contact Carolyn Kuzell, associate director of admissions and Adult & Graduate Studies admissions counselor, at (828) 689-1589 or