WNC Conversion Health Foundation Forum

On August 3, 2018, the WNC Conversion Health Foundation Forum was held in Asheville on the campus of UNC-A.  It was co-hosted by the non-profit organization Communities for Older Adult Health (COAH) and SEARCH.  Elected officials (County Commissioners and Managers, Mayors, Economic Development Commission Directors, etc.) and community leaders from the 18 counties currently served by Mission Health System were invited, and more than 80 people attended.

Invitees were enticed to attend with the question posed in the invitation:

“If you were going to use the net proceeds of the proposed sale of Mission Health System (estimated to be $1B – $2B) to launch a non-profit foundation to improve health outcomes in our 18 county region, what would you do?”  

Below is a list of the speakers and, where available, links to the materials they presented.  Each presentation was followed by questions and discussion from the audience.

Ciji Dellinger, BS, RN, Clinic Supervisor, Toe River Health District

Ms. Dellinger spoke about the challenges citizens in rural western North Carolina confront in their efforts to be healthy which include access to affordable housing transportation and substance abuse.  Social Determinants of Health – Ciji Dellinger

She also showed this video explaining Social Determinants of Health

SDOHs video

Kimberly Stravolo, VP/CFO of the Mary Black Foundation in Spartanburg, SC

Ms. Stravolo spoke about the formation of the Mary Black Foundation, which resulted from the sale of Spartanburg’s non-profit hospital in the mid 1990s.  She described how their approach to setting foundation priorities has evolved over the years and how important collaborating with other organizations has been to their success.  WNC Forum Slides – Mary Black Foundation

Karl Stauber, President/CEO of the Danville Regional Foundation in Danville, VA

Dr. Stauber spoke about the formation of the Danville Regional Foundation which resulted from the sale of Danville’s non-profit hospital in 2005.  From his decades of experience in philanthropy he presented 4 Lessons for Communities and 4 Lessons for the Dogwood Health Trust.    8 Lessons from Danville VA

Jennifer Harrod, JD, Special Deputy Attorney General, NC Dept. of Justice, Raleigh, NC

Since there is not yet an agreement for the sale of Mission Health System to HCA, Ms. Harrod spoke about the role that the Attorney General’s office plays in reviewing and approving the sale and the formation of the non-profit conversion foundation.

John Ball, MD, Chair of Mission Health Board

Dr. Ball spoke about the current progress in the formation of the Dogwood Health Trust.