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New Surgeon Joins Angel Medical Center

John S. Bishop, M.D., is a general surgeon who takes special interest in personalized, state-of-the-art care for all of his patients. He joins the Franklin community with a move from Gunnison Valley Hospital in Gunnison, Colorado.

Bishop is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and has dedicated his life to serving others through medicine. He performs a range of procedures that include minimally invasive surgical techniques that will reduce recovery time of his patients.

The surgeon is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 828-369-4402.

University of the South Graduates Students

Asheville-area students were awarded undergraduate degrees from the University of the South during 2021 commencement ceremonies held on Hardee-McGee Field on the Sewanee campus on May 22.

Brendan David Mann of Asheville earned a BA in International and Global Studies. Mann is the son of David and Marjorie Mann of Asheville.

James Arrington Murray of Asheville was awarded a BA in Psychology. Murray is the son of Jane Childress of Asheville and James B. Murray of Black Mountain.

William Nicholson Milton of Black Mountain was awarded a BS in Geology. Milton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jerome Milton of Black Mountain.

The University of the South is an independent liberal arts college owned by 28 dioceses of the Episcopal Church, and located atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga. It has been consistently ranked among the top tier of national liberal arts college.

Robyn Hamilton to Lead Impact Health

Dogwood Health Trust is pleased to announce the establishment of Impact Health, a new entity formed to manage and oversee the Healthy Opportunities Pilot across Western North Carolina’s 18 counties.

The Healthy Opportunities Pilot is the nation’s first comprehensive program to test evidence-based, non-medical interventions designed to reduce costs and improve the health of Medicaid members. The groundbreaking program will create a systematic approach to integrating and financing services that address housing stability, transportation access, food security and interpersonal safety into the delivery of health care with a goal of building the evidence base to identify which services are most effective at improving health and lowering health care costs.

Impact Health will focus solely on deploying Healthy Opportunities throughout the region. Its main function will be to provide resources, training and support to a consortium of human services organizations (HSOs) and providers delivering qualifying non-medical services important for improved health outcomes for eligible Medicaid members.

Robyn Hamilton, a seasoned leader with deep organizational and community building experience, has been selected to serve as the executive director for Impact Health. Hamilton, will be tasked with setting up Impact Health’s initial operations and hiring its staff in the coming months.

Hamilton’s background includes extensive experience in organization effectiveness, strategic planning, leadership, community affairs, diversity and inclusion.

Prior to Impact Health, she operated The Hamilton Experience, an advisory firm that provides clients with strategies for philanthropic endeavors, Community and Economic Development, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. Hamilton also held various leadership positions within Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system serving North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia, and served in both the Army and Air Force National Guard.

She received a master’s in business administration from Queens University’s Hugh McColl School of Business and a bachelor’s in human resource management from Saint Leo College.

“This is a unique opportunity for Western North Carolina to demonstrate a better way to invest in health,” Hamilton said. “I am looking forward to making strong connections with human service organizations across the region and working with them to implement a pilot that will be both instructive and inspiring for our region, the state, and the country.”

FIND Outdoors Team is Expanding

FIND Outdoors, a 49-year-old local nonprofit with a mission of education and public land management, welcomes three new employees to help advance its mission.

“FIND Outdoors is proud to have three new champions in their respective fields as part of our growing endeavors in the communities we serve,” said Tad Fogel, FIND’s board of directors chairman. “We’re very lucky to have the capacity to add them to our family.”

FIND Outdoors will expand retail operations into campground facilities with Richard Coadwell as the retail operations director. Dan Woodall, regional facilities and operations director, will ensure exceptional visitor experiences at FIND managed facilities in North Carolina. Christy Ralston will serve as the new manager for the Cradle of Forestry site in Pisgah Forest, NC.

Coadwell and Woodall will be based at the FIND headquarters office in Pisgah Forest, while Ralston will be at the Cradle to greet visitors for the 2021 season.

“The FIND team is such an amazing group of dedicated people,” said Ralston of joining the organization. “I’m honored to be a part of a powerful mission-minded nonprofit.”

As a backcountry ranger, trail builder and outdoor educator, Ralston felt as if she was coming full circle in her career in the outdoor industry, and that led her to apply for the manager position at the Cradle of Forestry. “I would like to continue to encourage responsible recreation opportunities for all people that want to utilize our amazing forest.”

A similar story can be told with Woodall and his career in the outdoor recreation industry.

Having worked with FIND Outdoors previously as the manager of Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest, his keen eye for management eventually led him to a position with Adventure Pisgah, LLC, as the Pisgah Operations Manager for their managed campgrounds within Pisgah National Forest. Woodall’s new role will involve recreational operations and procedures in coordination with the US Forest Service.

“Having worked for this organization once before, I am extremely excited to serve as both a steward and liaison alongside the FIND Outdoors team,” said Woodall on his return to FIND.

Finally, Coadwell comes to FIND Outdoors with over 20 years in retail management within the outdoor and apparel industry, mainly from his home country of New Zealand, Europe and the United States. As Retail Operations Director, Coadwell will oversee retail sales of FIND merchandise, forest-related gifts, snacks and more in FIND Outdoors managed sites such as the Northwest Trading Post on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Cradle of Forestry and The Point in Morganton Point Recreation Area.

“Working at and for all FIND retail sites within three states to expand on current opportunities, including water-based recreation, is exciting,” said Coadwell. “We can continue to expand our mission of access to our public lands through these very important and popular means.”

“This is not just a job for these three new FIND family members,” said President and CEO Natalie Britt. “They are all focused on ensuring FIND’s legacy in providing connections between our visitors and our incredible public lands.”

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