ONE GROUP OF RESIDENTS IN THE AREA SERVED BY BLUE RIDGE HOSPITAL IS SEEKING ASSURANCES THAT THE FOUNDATION WILL HAVE MORE MEMBERS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES OTHER THAN BUNCOMBE. DO YOU HAVE A RESPONSE TO THEIR CONCERNS?

ONE GROUP OF RESIDENTS IN THE AREA SERVED BY BLUE RIDGE HOSPITAL IS SEEKING ASSURANCES THAT THE FOUNDATION WILL HAVE MORE MEMBERS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES OTHER THAN BUNCOMBE. DO YOU HAVE A RESPONSE TO THEIR CONCERNS?

Dogwood Health Trustwill have board members broadly from western NC focused on skills, expertise, life experience and more.  Geographic diversity is one very important characteristic, but not the only one.  Most importantly, Board members must have a firm commitment to the Dogwood Health Trust’s bold mission to dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of all people and communities in Western North Carolina and understand they do not serve on behalf of any particular geography, but rather as a fiduciary steward to ensure that Dogwood’s mission is achieved for everyone in every community across this region.

That said, there is a natural limit to the ability to have “all counties represented.”  Best practice board size is typically in the 11-13 range; given that there are 18 counties in western North Carolina, it is not realistic to believe that every county will have a director on the foundation board.  Rather, all three regions (East, Central and West) will be thoughtfully reflected on the board and there will be numerous other mechanisms to ensure front-line input from all communities (and by extension, all counties).  The board, even when taken as a whole, could not possibly “represent” or fully appreciate the many nuances associated with each community.  Ensuring that understanding will take a systematic, concerted and continuous engagement with each community.

Dogwood Health Trust Board members will continue basic structural work and accept applications for potential Board members. Criteria and the nomination application are available at: www.DogwoodHealthTrust.org.