New Leader Selected for Angel Medical Center

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2016) – Angel Medical Center and Mission Health will welcome a new leader on March 7.

Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE, will join the hospital as President/Chief Nursing Officer. Former Transylvania Regional Hospital president and current vice president of rural health planning for Mission Health, Bob Bednarek, has served as interim president since the August departure of former Angel Medical Center president, Jim Bross.

Gorby is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). For nearly three decades she has served hospitals and health systems in Ohio, most recently as administrator and chief nurse officer at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana, Ohio. She previously held leadership positions at Springfield Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Ohio, and Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio.

She will report to Kathy Guyette, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Mission Health’s Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President, Regional Member Hospitals. Until Gorby’s arrival, Bednarek will continue as interim president.

“We are so pleased to welcome Karen Gorby to our community and to the Mission Health family,” said Guyette. “Her extensive experience in critical access and small community hospital environments will be an asset.  We are confident of a bright future under her leadership.”

Gorby received her MSN from Saint Josephs College in North Windham, Maine, and her MBA from Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio.

About Angel Medical Center

Angel Medical Center is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital serving Macon and the surrounding counties. Located in Franklin, North Carolina, Angel Medical Center offers inpatient services that include a women’s and children’s health unit, an intensive care unit, and a medical and surgical unit. Outpatient services include a wound clinic, a foot clinic, chemotherapy services, a full laboratory, digital mammography, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, rehab therapy, as well as surgical and endoscopy services. The hospital also operates the Angel Urgent Care Center and Angel Home Health & Hospice. Angel Medical Center is a member of Mission Health, a Top 15 Health System. For more information, please visit angelmed.org.

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 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. Mission Health is the only health system in the nation to receive this recognition four years in a row, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve Top 15 recognition.

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, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital 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 763 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 10,700 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 mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.

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