Blue Ridge Regional Hospital 


Mission Health Philanthropy exists to connect individuals and corporations with the Critical Funding Needs of our local hospital.  Since 1995, gifts to the foundation have provided critical resources that contribute to more advanced medical equipment, facility improvements and a wider variety of services provided.  


Critical Funding Needs

Mission Health System is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina.

As a not-for-profit organization, Mission Health System reinvests all funds directly back into the healthcare system. As a “safety net” hospital, Mission provides high quality and compassionate health care regardless of ability to pay. Each year, Mission delivers more than $70 million in community benefit, which includes charity and uncompensated care. To provide outstanding care to all, as well as continually advance knowledge and medical opportunities Mission must rely on funding from individuals and foundations. Philanthropic support provides funding for the gaps that occur throughout the organization. The critical funding needs, also known as cases for support, are the strategic needs of each program.


  • Allen Peterson (Chair)
  • Randy Ellis (Vice Chair)
  • Chris Day
  • Cynthia Nash (Treasurer)
  • Paulette Kempfer
  • Amy Sheehan
  • Reid Duncan
  • Barbara Middleton
  • Starli McDowell
  • Rick Spurling, MD
  • Arch Woodard, MD
  • Becky Carter (Ex Officio)
  • Nancy Burleson (Secretary) 

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Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Philanthropy Offices
125 Hospital Drive
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Dr. Olson Huff
Director of Philanthropy

Luke Gamble Howe
Gift Officer


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