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Dogwood Health Trust Names Its CEO – Transylvania County, NC


August 15, 2019

The Dogwood Health Trust, formed after the sale of Mission Health's assets to HCA Healthcare, has named Antony Chiang as its first chief executive officer.

The Dogwood Health Trust is a health conversion foundation, according to a press release, that will receive proceeds from the asset sale, which will be roughly $1.5 billion.

Chiang, 51, currently serves as president of Empire Health Foundation, an organization similar to Dogwood based in Spokane, Wash., that serves eastern Washington State. Chiang will join Dogwood Health Trust in November.

"In Antony Chiang we've found a leader who has lived the journey on which Dogwood Health is about to embark," said Dogwood Health Trust Board Chair Janice Brumit. "His commitment to health equity and inclusion, his talent for forging meaningful partnerships, and his ingenious approach to solving chronic problems that affect health and wellness will be invaluable as we enter this next important chapter for Dogwood Health Trust."

As founding president at Empire Health Foundation, Chiang designed and built a new and high-impact health conversion foundation from the ground up, in collaboration with a mission-driven board, according to a press release. In his nine years there, Chiang served as a "trusted grant maker," stewarding $70 million in annual funding. Dogwood will educate and inform stakeholders, according to the press release, conduct research, convene experts and, beginning in late 2020, make grants to organizations aligned with its purpose to help collectively improve health and well-being across 18 Western North Carolina counties, including Transylvania.

"The founding Board of Dogwood Health Trust has a compelling vision for dramatically improving the health, equity and well-being of the people and communities of Western North Carolina," Chiang said. "Their commitment to authentic community engagement and bold measurable impact is inspiring. It is humbling and an honor to be chosen to help make that vision a reality in service to the diverse communities of the region. Leading Dogwood Health Trust is an incredible once-in-a-career opportunity to make a lasting and measurable difference. I could not be more excited to collaborate with the board, staff and community partners to catalyze transformative change."

Chiang's appointment comes at the conclusion of a search process led by Dogwood's Board of Directors and facilitated by Witt/Kieffer, a national search firm focused solely on not-for-profit health care and philanthropy. The process included input from community leaders and stakeholders throughout the region and was designed to attract individuals across the country whose experience and beliefs are aligned with Dogwood's values, guiding principles and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the release said.

"While Antony's accomplishments are expansive and impressive, what really struck a chord with our search committee were the personal characteristics that aligned perfectly with what we were seeking in a leader," said Dr. John Ball, board member and search committee chairman. "He's a great listener who seeks to understand first before being understood. He's incredibly humble, deflecting praise to others and seeking their input in finding solutions. And he has an appetite for taking bold actions that affect lasting change, which is precisely what Dogwood Health Trust expects to deliver for the people of Western North Carolina."

Witt/Kieffer identified more than 350 individuals, reviewed roughly 125 applicants and conducted telephone and in-person interviews for the role of CEO, eventually narrowing the field to those candidates who were evaluated by the search committee.

Chiang also serves as a member of the board of directors of Grantmakers in Health and of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize National Advisory Board. Prior to joining Empire, Chiang was part of the leadership team at TechSoup Global, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that administers corporate philanthropy for a variety of tech companies. Before that he served as the chief executive of several social enterprise start-ups.

The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Chiang earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a law degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. Chiang and his wife, Caroline Yu, have two daughters, Kara (13) and Camille (6).

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