New President Named at Transylvania Regional Hospital

newsroom-michele-pilon_headshotBREVARD, N.C. (Oct. 17, 2016) – A chief nursing officer who has focused on patients her entire career has been tapped to lead Transylvania Regional Hospital, Mission Health announced.

Michele Pilon has accepted the position of President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).

Michele, a resident of Eden, will join Mission Health on Nov. 14.

She is a graduate of the University of Akron and University of St. Francis. She most recently served as CNO at the 220-bed Memorial Hospital of Martinsville in Martinsville, Va.

“I’m excited to join the community and to serve the patients, family members and caregivers at Transylvania Regional Hospital,” she said. “My career in nursing started at the bedside. I have continued to focus on providing an exceptional experience for patients through the leadership roles I have had and I look forward to bringing that focus to Transylvania Regional Hospital.”

Her most recent career stops have included Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville, where she served as Chief Nurse Executive; Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, where she served as Vice President of Patient Care Services; Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, where she was Assistant CNO.

She has also practiced nursing and has held leadership roles in Florida and Ohio.

“Adding Michele to our regional executive team will help advance our system-wide key strategies including providing the safest, highest-quality, care in the nation when, where and how consumers desire it, achieving long-term financial stability, and effectively growing, and managing, the number of people we serve,” said Kathleen Culhane Guyette MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals.

The hospital will rely on her leadership to continue to develop clinical services initiatives including the construction of the new Emergency Department.

Michele succeeds interim President and CNO Melina Arrowood, who will be the hospital’s Clinical Operations Manager.

About Transylvania Regional Hospital

Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH), a member of Mission Health, is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital serving Transylvania and the surrounding counties. Located in Brevard, N.C., TRH is a Critical Access Hospital operating 25 beds and has more than 400 employees and 150 volunteers. TRH offers comprehensive services through more than 120 active, consulting and courtesy physicians representing a full spectrum of specialties. TRH was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.  For more information, please visit

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems from 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, becoming the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition.  Mission Health 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.  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 or @MissionHealthNC.

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