Bednarek to Serve as McDowell Hospital’s Interim President

December 15, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—(Dec. 15, 2014) —Mission Health has announced the appointment of Bob Bednarek as interim President of McDowell Hospital, beginning January 1. Bednarek will assume this interim role upon the departure of Lynn Boggs, who has been President and CEO at McDowell since 2012.  In September Boggs announced that she would step down from her current position at the end of this year.

Bednarek currently serves as Vice President of Rural Health Planning and Development for Mission Health. Prior to assuming that role in May 2014, Bednarek served for 18 years as President and CEO of Transylvania Regional Hospital. He will work closely with Boggs for the next several weeks to assure an appropriate transition at McDowell Hospital.

“So many good things are happening at McDowell, thanks to Lynn’s strong leadership,” said Bednarek. “From operating performance, to physician relations, to community engagement and organizational culture, she’s leaving this hospital in a very good place. And because she is remaining in our community, we’ll have the benefit of her wisdom and her involvement going forward.”

“We are enormously fortunate to have within our system a leader of Bob’s experience, and we are grateful that he is willing to step into this interim role while we complete the search for a new president,” said Kathy Guyette, Mission Health’s Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals. “That search is proceeding actively and we expect to have a final candidate to present to the Board of Directors by late February.”
About McDowell Hospital
McDowell Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital serving McDowell County. Located in Marion, North Carolina, the hospital is licensed for 65 beds and has more than 400 employees, including 120 RNs. Medical specialties offered by McDowell Hospital include: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology. Currently, five of its primary care practices have been recognized by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as Rural Health Clinics. McDowell Hospital is a member of Mission Health, a Top 15 Health System. 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, 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 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.

Jerri Jameson
Mission Health

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