Baker Named Manager of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) is pleased to announce that Richard “Dick” Baker has been named Foundation Manager for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  He will be assuming the role of retiring Director Nancy Lindeman.
Baker comes to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital with many years of resource development experience.  He has served as a non-profit consultant specializing in all aspects of non-profit management, working with several organizations in establishing best practices.  Most recently, he served as the executive director of the Union County (North Carolina) Public Education Foundation and formerly as executive director/CEO of the Dale Earnhardt Foundation; and vice president of development for the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation of Charlotte. 
"We are thrilled to have someone with Dick's qualifications and experience join us here at the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation,” said Sam Nash, Chairman, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation.  “We look forward to working with Dick on our ongoing Foundation projects."
The Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation exists to raise awareness and to connect the generous gifts of individuals, corporations and foundations with worthy funding needs in our hospital and community. Since its founding in 1995, the Foundation has returned over $8 million to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and the community in the form of advanced medical technology, facility improvements and treatment services.
“I am very pleased and excited to join the team at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and the Foundation,” said Baker.  “My hope is to continue the legacy of support the hospital enjoys from its many donors and the business community, while working to advance health care philanthropy in the region for the betterment of all our citizens.”
Dick and his wife, Katie, look forward to relocating to western North Carolina.
About Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, based in Spruce Pine, N.C., is a not-for-profit hospital and serves Mitchell,
Yancey, lower Avery and upper McDowell counties. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital has provided excellent healthcare services for the region since 1955. Cleverley & Associates has recognized Blue Ridge Regional Hospital as a Community Value 5-Star Hospital for 10 consecutive years. Medical specialties offered by Blue Ridge include emergency services, OB services, critical care, rehabilitation services and fitness center, cancer services, orthopedics, general surgical services, pain management, pediatrics, family medicine, sleep disorders and wound care. In addition, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital offers clinics for the following specialties: allergy and asthma; cardiology, dermatology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; ophthalmology and kidney care (nephrology). Blue Ridge Regional Hospital employs 450 people and is a member of Mission Health, which has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems 2012-2014 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. For more information, please visit
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, 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. Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems 2012-2014 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. Mission Health is the only medium-sized health system to receive this recognition three years in a row, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.
Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 795 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 10,600 employees and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit or @MissionHealthNC.

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