McDowell Hospital


The McDowell Hospital Philanthropy office aims to provide funding that allows expansion of the medical facility and of healthcare services offered to this community.  In addition to supporting the most Critical Funding Needs of the community, the foundation is aimed at preserving top-quality, compassionate healthcare to the area's residents. 

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.



  • Norman Guthrie (Chair)
  • Kenny Greene
  • Hill Evans
  • Clint Stewart (Treasurer)
  • Linda Cloherty
  • Becky Cross
  • Glynda Dean
  • Marion Baker

Connect With Us 

McDowell Hospital Foundation
430 Rankin Drive
Marion, NC 28752

Gift Process Center Central
Mission Health System
PO BOX 563
Asheville, NC 28812-9801


Dr. Olson Huff
Director of Philanthropy

Luke Gamble Howe
Gift Officer

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