McDowell Hospital names Chip Cross as new HR Director

Press release

From Mission Health:

MARION, N.C. (August 15, 2013) – McDowell Hospital welcomes Chip Cross as Director of Human Resources. Cross has tenure in various management roles, including his previous HR Director role at Coats, North America. His most recent role has been as Director of Leadership Development for Western Carolina Industries and the Business Administration Instructor for McDowell Technical Community College.

“I am so pleased to announce that Chip Cross has accepted our offer as HR Director for McDowell Hospital/network,” said Lynn Boggs, President and CEO, McDowell Hospital. “Chip has previously been on our Board of Directors, and has a robust background in HR work. He brings us great experience in training/education and cultural development. We look forward to having Chip advance our Great Place to Work & Practice initiative and provide positive enhancement to our employee support needs.”

Cross has volunteered over the past years with McDowell County United Way, McDowell County Chamber and Corpening YMCA. He resides in Marion with his wife Penny and two children. They are actively involved in their church and enjoy community, outdoor and family activities.

“I am thrilled to join this talented team. I have served on the McDowell Hospital Board of Trustees for two years and have seen firsthand the response to our community’s needs that McDowell Hospital has met through their excellent quality care and healthcare advancements. I am honored to be a part of their continuing mission to encourage the health and wellness of our community,” said Cross.

About McDowell Hospital

McDowell Hospital is a Joint Commission-accredited, not-for-profit hospital located in Marion, N.C. Established in 1908, the hospital is licensed for 65 beds and has about 440 employees, including 120 RNs. The hospital is supported by practice service lines that include: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Currently five of its primary care practices have been recognized by CMS as Rural Health Clinics, and McDowell Hospital is developing an expanded primary care network for western North Carolina. McDowell Hospital is part of Mission Health, named in 2012 and 2013 as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition. For more information, please visit

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., 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 was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013, 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 five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers 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 730 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, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit


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