Mission Health announces creation of Dogwood Health Trust
The board of directors of Mission Health System Inc. announced in a press release the creation of the Dogwood Health Trust, a North Carolina nonprofit, private non-operating foundation.
As outlined in its articles of incorporation, the sole purpose of the trust is, “To dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.”
If and when the contemplated transaction with HCA Healthcare is completed, MHS intends to convey the net proceeds of its sale to DHT following receipt of all necessary approvals and the development of required organizational infrastructure, according to the press release. This new, regionwide resource would enable significant investments, encourage partnerships and facilitate coordination with others to analyze, understand and address core social determinants of health and well-being for the people and communities of Western North Carolina. The Trust’s goal is to partner with local communities to have a positive, long-term effect on the people of Western North Carolina.
The Founding Chair of the Dogwood Health Trust Board of Directors is Ms. Janice Brumit, a western North Carolina native. Brumit was born in Boone and graduated from Appalachian State University. She has strong ties to the region and has spent the past 30 years serving on local and statewide nonprofit boards to improve the lives of its citizens. She has received numerous awards for her community service, including both the Mountain Child Advocacy Award and the North Carolina Hospital Association Trustee Merit Award in 2017. Her current and prior regional Board service includes:
• Asheville Area Chamber
• Asheville Buncombe County United Way – Alexis de Tocqueville Society (co-chair)
• Asheville Buncombe Partnership for Children – Smart Start (chair)
• Asheville City School Foundation (chair)
• Blue Ridge Heritage Area (chair of management board)
• Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition (chair)
• Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (allocations chair)
• Mission Health Foundation (chair)
• Mountain Area Health Education Center (“MAHEC”)
• North Carolina Rural Center
• UNC Asheville – Board of Trustees (chair)
Under Brumit’s leadership, the Trust’s board will be fully formed over time and embark upon a deliberate, multi-year process to become fully educated about the history and lessons learned from prior healthcare conversion foundations. It will also obtain all necessary approvals for operation, develop appropriate staff and infrastructure for DHT and carefully assess the strengths and the needs of all populations and communities within our region, according to the press release. The Trust will then prioritize these needs, identify collaborative strategies to address them using our communities’ existing strengths and seek partnerships with others to implement its long-range strategic plan.
Grant funding for approved initiatives will most likely not begin earlier than calendar 2020.
A broader public announcement discussing more about the DHT is currently planned for Sept. 30. In the meantime, DHT is seeking applications from potential board members. Criteria established for board members and a formal application process will be available at www.DogwoodHealthTrust.org on or before Aug. 1.