Mission Health 


Mission Healthcare Department of Philanthropy plays a pivotal role in Mission Health's strategy to ensure the sustainability and elevation of quality healthcare across western North Carolina.  As the only nonprofit hospital in western North Carolina, Mission Health is able to offer a wide variety of services and life-saving programs.  By outlining the main service lines of Mission Health, the Critical Funding Needs outline the most pivotal resources required to maintain the highest quality, most sustainable and consistently compassionate care for residents across the region. 

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.


  • Tom Maher (Chair)
  • Eileen Hutchinson
  • Lynne Kieffer (Secretary)
  • Michael Andry (Treasurer)
  • Lynne Brofman
  • Louis Buck
  • Darlene Davis
  • Dave Modaff
  • W. Leon Elliston, MD
  • Kay Finger
  • Ronald Freeman
  • Lary Schulhof
  • Ricky Silver
  • Andy Strauss
  • Charles Ayscue
  • Martha Boyd
  • Emeritus Trustee: Glenn Wilcox Sr.
  • Emeritus Trustee: George HV Cecil
  • Emeritus Trustee: Brenda G. Nash
  • Dr. Ron Paulus
  • Wyatt S. Stevens 


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Mission Health Department of Philanthropy
890 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28801

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

Leigh Ruhl
Director of Philanthropy
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