Pardee UNC Health Care names new manager of community health

Press release:

Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that Milton Butterworth has been named manager of community health, effective July 1, 2017. In this new position, Butterworth will represent Pardee as a member of the Henderson County Partnership for Health and will manage a $450,000 Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas grant from The Duke Endowment. In January, Pardee was awarded the grant to help improve health in Henderson County. The Henderson County Partnership for Health, a diverse group of community organizations working collaboratively to improve community health, is now one of 15 coalitions in The Duke Endowment’s Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas initiative.

Butterworth joins Pardee from Blue Ridge Health (BRH), where he served as the chief development officer. “Over the years, Milton has worked tirelessly to develop the collaborative culture we pride ourselves on today,” said Dr. Richard Hudspeth, chief executive officer and chief medical officer at Blue Ridge Health, “While he will be missed, we couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to continue working with him to improve population health in this collaborative way.”

Pardee and BRH have been longstanding community partners and are strategically aligned to address medical care access in Western North Carolina through the medical residency program and clinic access. “Like both Pardee and Blue Ridge Health, Milton believes everyone deserves the opportunity to be healthy,” said Johnna Reed, chief administrative officer for Pardee UNC Health Care. “We are pleased that he will lead our initiatives to improve health for Henderson County residents.”

Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas is an initiative of The Duke Endowment. The program takes a bold approach to addressing chronic health issues, such as unhealthy weight, diabetes and heart disease while placing an emphasis on coalition building. As the awardee of this grant, Pardee is proud to have been selected to coordinate with the Henderson County Partnership for Health’s interdisciplinary group of leaders from a wide spectrum of community organizations. Participating communities will continuously share and learn from each other as part of a unique learning collaborative. To learn more about the program, visit

Based in Charlotte, N.C., and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has awarded more than $3 billion in grants.

Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit pardeehospital.

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