Words from the new Executive Director, Myles Fish:
Have we ever been more aware of our healthcare systems than we are right now? I don't think I have. I think I have been guilty of taking healthcare for granted - so long as I was not feeling ill. Covid-19 has changed that.
In new and dramatic ways, we have come to understand that everyone's health could potentially impact the health of an entire community. It was this realization that caused me to look at and then apply for the Executive Director position at the Pardee Hospital Foundation. I was surprised at what I found.
I knew that Hendersonville was a thriving community, but I had no idea that there was a nationally ranked hospital here that excels in so many areas of specialty. I was impressed, so I applied. Now, I am grateful to be able to say that I will be starting as your new Executive Director on June 29th.
I come to the position after a long career in not-for-profit leadership which started as a Peace Corp Volunteer in the mountains of Guatemala. I then spent 17 years working in prisons and the inner cities with prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families. Later, I served as the President and CEO of International Aid - an $80,000,000/year healthcare focused - disaster relief and development agency. Most recently, I was the founder and President of a consulting service called Upwelling Philanthropy.
I have enjoyed all this previous activity but what brings me the most professional satisfaction is building relationships with individual donors. I enjoy the process of finding or creating mutually beneficial matches between the interest of the donor and the priorities of the organization. I enjoy discovering new people and learning about their interests. I enjoy promoting institutions I believe in and I am truly gratified when I am able to assist the implementation of a good match that brings joy to the donor and helps to achieve the priorities of the organization.
This is part of what I will be asked to do as the new Executive Director, and I am looking forward to it. I will proudly promote this hospital because of the great work they are doing in Henderson County and I will enjoy getting to know all of you as together we strive to improve the health of the communities we serve. That is a mission I am excited about and I am anxious to get started.