Dogwood Health Trust Searching For First CEO

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ASHEVILLE – Looking for a job? Dogwood Health Trust, the private foundation which was formed as a result of the sale of Mission Health Care System to HCA Healthcare and whose purpose it is to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all residents of Western North Carolina, is looking for its first CEO.

The foundation has hired Witt/Kieffer, one of the world’s foremost recruitment firms in the healthcare and
not-for-profit sectors, to assist the Dogwood Health Trust Board of Directors and its search committee in
selecting the organization’s first chief executive officer.

The recruitment process, which will consider candidates from around the country and include input
from community leaders throughout the region, is expected to take several months. The CEO search is
part of the work being led by the all-volunteer Dogwood Trust Board to build a strong organization that
will partner with regional nonprofits and other organizations to address social determinants of health –
underlying factors that impact health and well-being throughout the 18-county region.

“We are very fortunate to have a team with the expertise and resources of Witt/Kieffer guiding our CEO
search,” said Dr. John Ball, who chairs the CEO search committee for the Dogwood Trust Board. “Their
work with some of the world’s best-known and respected healthcare and not-for-profit organizations
will be invaluable in helping us identify the perfect individual to lead Dogwood Trust through its initial
stages into a long and sustainable future.”

Based in Oak Brook, Illinois, Witt/Kieffer recruits C-suite executives, physician leaders, presidents, and
other professionals for hospitals and other health-related organizations; colleges and universities; and
not-for-profit community service organizations and foundations. The 50-year-old firm ranked third on
Modern Healthcare’s 2018 list of the largest healthcare executive search firms, and #18 on Forbes’ 2018
list of best recruiting firms overall.

“Dogwood Health Trust is positioned to be a dynamic, life-changing organization for the people of
Western North Carolina, and it’s a privilege for us to be entrusted with assisting in the recruitment of
their first CEO,” said Julie Rosen, who leads the Not-for-Profit Practice at Witt/Kieffer. “Their work
addressing the social determinants of health will be transformational for communities throughout this
region, and we’re eager to identify a dynamic individual to lead those efforts.”

Dogwood Health Trust is a North Carolina not-for-profit corporation with the sole purpose of
dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities across Western North
Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust became operational upon Mission Health’s acquisition by HCA
Healthcare and is the recipient of the net proceeds of the sale. To learn more, please visit


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