listen live
Tippy Creswell

ON AIR STAFF
Tippy Creswell
full schedule

107.7 FM NOW ON THE AIR
Current weather in Hendersonville, NC 68° Jun 25's Weather
Partly Cloudy
HI: 77 LOW: 64
Your Forecast
FY 17-18 CITY BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVAL ON THE AGENDA FOR CITY COUNCIL THURSDAY NIGHT

FY 17-18 CITY BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVAL ON THE AGENDA FOR CITY COUNCIL THURSDAY NIGHT

WILL RAISE CITY PROPERTY TAXES ONE CENT  

WILL RAISE WATER RATES 1.5% FOR CITY WATER CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE THE CITY; 2% FOR WATER CUSTOMERS INSIDE THE CITY  

OTHER ITEMS ON THIS THURSDAY NIGHT'S AGENDA:   

Consideration and approval of a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Belmont Sayer LLC to develop the old Grey's Hosiery Building and property

Other major items on Thursday night's agenda:

Consideration of Consent Agenda: These items are considered routine,
noncontroversial in nature and are considered and approved by a single motion and
vote.

A. Consideration of Minutes:
i. May 4, 2017 Regular Meeting
ii. May 5, 2017 Special Meeting
B. Consideration of Budget Amendments (7)
i. General Fund - End of Year Adjustment; no change in bottom line
ii. Water/Sewer Fund - End of Year Adjustment; no change in bottom line
iii. Environmental Services Fund - End of Year Adjustment and Establish
Stormwater Fund Balance, Increase of $80,300
Stormwater Fund - Establish Fund Balance; Increase of $100,000
iv. Main St. Fund - End of Year Adjustment; Increase of $23,650
7th Ave. Fund - End of Year Adjustment; Increase of $5,475
v. Walk of Fame Fund - Revenues Increase of $4,651
vi. Fire Engine Fund - Increase for Final Cost of $14,379
General Fund Transfer to cover any small equipment for new fire engine; no
change in bottom line
vii. Capital Project Funds - Adjust budgets to match financing strategy
Eastside Fund 402 - Increase of $5,100,000
Gravity Filter Fund 425 - Increase of $2,465,000
French Broad Fund 426 - Increase of $184,867
WWTP Generator Fund 445 - Increase of $1,750,000
C. Consideration of a Resolution to Amend the Makeup of the Business Advisory
Committee
2
D. Consideration of Petitions for Annexation and Certificates of Sufficiency for:
i. Satellite Annexation of 12.77 acres at 1630 Old Spartanburg Highway by Mr.
Robbie Allison
ii. Contiguous Annexation of a 1.0-acre parcel located off Chimney Rock Road
by the Trustees of the Hendersonville Church of God
E. Consideration of Installment Financing Agreement with Entegra in the Amount of
$655,000 for a Pierce Fire Truck
F. Consideration of Capital Project Ordinance and Reimbursement Resolutions for the
Grounds and Buildings Maintenance Facility Project
G. Consideration of Capital Project Ordinance and Reimbursement Resolutions for the
Police Headquarters Project
H. Consideration of the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision for the
Hendersonville High School Special Use Permit
I. Consideration of Waterline Extension Agreement for a proposed single family
subdivision located off Old Haywood Road / NC191 serving nine homes
J. Consideration of a Property Purchase in South Fletcher for a Pumping Station
K. Consideration of Adoption of Personnel Policy
L. Consideration of the Purchase of Trucks for the Water/Sewer Department
M. Consideration of Special Event Permit for the Henderson County July 4 Celebration
N. Consideration of Memorandum of Agreement with Hendersonville Rescue Mission
for the provision of extreme cold weather shelter for our homeless population
6. Recognitions:

A. Presentation of Hendersonville Pollinator Month and Bee City USA Proclamation
B. Recognition of John Buchanan being named a Certified Government Finance Officer
C. Recognition of Service Excellence Quarterly MVPs
D. Assistant Chief of Police Doug Jones’ 28 years of Service and Consideration of a
Resolution to Recognize Distinguished Service to the City of Hendersonville and
Awarding of Service Side Arm
7. Report on Compassionate Cities
Presenter: Ms. Pam Rogers

8. Presentation by Medical Loan Closet (per Mayor Pro Tem Caraker)
Presenter:
H:\Clerk\Agendas\01 2017\06 June 1\20170601_CC_Agenda.doc 3
9. Public Hearing - Consideration of Ordinance Adopting the Budget for Fiscal Year
2017-18
Presenter: Assistant to the Manager Brian Pahle

10. Public Hearing – Consideration of Petition for the Contiguous Annexation from Mr. Kyle
Edney for Property located at 101 and 103 Beverly Avenue
Presenter: Development Assistance Director Susan Frady
11. Quasi-Judicial Public Hearing – Consideration of an Application for a Special Use
Permit for the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County
Presenter: Senior Planner Matt Champion

12. Consideration of a Memorandum of Understanding with Belmont Sayre, LLC to develop
the Grey Hosiery Mill Project
Presenter: City Manager John Connet

13. Consideration of a Request from Mr. Scott Bolyard to Remove 3.43 acres from the City's
Extraterritorial Planning Jurisdiction (ETJ)
Presenter: Development Assistance Director Susan Frady
14. Consideration of Request to Reimburse Housing Assistance Corporation for the
Installation of Water/Sewer Infrastructure for a Project off North Main Street and
Associated Budget Amendment
Presenter: City Manager John Connet

15. Consideration of Stream Trash Collection Project on Mud Creek
Presenter: Michael Huffman/GreenWorks
16. Comments from Mayor and City Council Members

17. Reports from Staff
18. Boards and Commissions: Consideration of (Re)Appointments, Announcement of
Upcoming Vacancies
Presenter: City Clerk Tammie Drake
19. New Business
20. Closed Session

21. Adjourn

PARDEE & HANDS ON'S "MAD MOUNTAIN MUD RUN" WILL BE THIS SATURDAY JUNE 3RD

PARDEE & HANDS ON'S "MAD MOUNTAIN MUD RUN" WILL BE THIS SATURDAY JUNE 3RD

OVER THREE MILES---WILL FEATURE OVER 30 OBSTACLES THIS YEAR

The 2017 Mad Mountain Mud Run presented by Pardee UNC Health Care is gearing up for its muddiest season yet. The event, held on June 3, promises to have more than 30 obstacles along the three-plus mile course featuring mostly new challenges. Teams and individuals interested in participating have a few weeks left to register and can do so at madmountainmudrun.com. Registration will close mid-May or when max capacity is reached.

The course will welcome racers with a few familiar obstacles including mud pits, rolls and crawls, and some climbing challenges, but to keep things new, the mud run committee is introducing an obstacle competition. Local businesses who become obstacle sponsors will get the chance to bring their creativity to the course by creating and building their own obstacle. “This is just another way we are keeping things fresh this year,” says Heather Boeke, Executive Director of Hands On! “We don’t want our racers to expect the same obstacles every year.” After completing the course, racers will be invited to vote for their favorite obstacle created by one of the many obstacle sponsors. The winning sponsor will receive a special award to hang in their business, marketing benefits, and bragging rights.

Obstacle sponsorships are still being accepted. Businesses who would like to create an obstacle and be a part of the competition voted on by participants can contact Heather Boeke at 697-8333 or learn more and register at madmountainmudrun.com.

About Hands On!
Hands On! is a children’s museum with the mission to provide "hands on" educational exhibits and science programs that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment. They accomplish this mission teaching interactive programs and classes in schools, at community events, and with exhibits in their facility located at 318 N. Main Street. Hands On! is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00-5:00. You can visit their website at handsonwnc.org or call 697-8333 for further information on the museum.

About the 2017 Mad Mountain Mud Run
These local sponsors make the event amazing for all: Presenting sponsor and Master of Mud – Pardee UNC Health Care; Mad Mudslinger sponsor – Hunter Subaru; Mudtastic Mates Sponsors – City of Hendersonville, NC Printing, Pace Construction & Demolition, Summit Marketing, and Ingles Markets; Muddobber sponsors - Kimberly-Clark, Mast General Store, and Two Men & A Truck; and Mud Buds—Henderson Oil Company, The Home Depot, Mountain River Tap & Growlers, United Community Bank, Beverly-Hanks & Associates, BGW CPA, Breakout Training Ground, Swole Town Fitness, and Cooper Construction; Media Sponsors are Lamar Outdoors, Star 104.3, Rock 105.1, Kiss Country 99.9, WNC Woman, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, Asheville Regional Airport and WNC Magazine. The beer/cider sponsors for the event are Sierra Nevada and Flat Rock Ciderworks.

About Pardee UNC Health Care
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 Hospital 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 www.pardeehospital.org.

HENDERSONVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH REACHES SETTLEMENT OVER CHURCH PROPERTY

HENDERSONVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH REACHES SETTLEMENT OVER CHURCH PROPERTY

AFTER VOTING FOUR YEARS AGO TO WITHDRAW FROM THE PREBYTERIAN CHURCH USA DENOMINATION, HENDERSONVILLE PRESBYTERIAN (FORMERLY FIRST PRESBYTERIAN) HAS REACHER A SETTLEMENT OVER CHURCH REAL ESTATE...AND MUST RAISE $600 THOUSAND...$100 THOUSAND BY JULY 1   

Hendersonville Presbyterian Church—new historic name, bright future

When the members of what was then First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville took a vote in June 2013 to ask to be dismissed from the denomination known as the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), no one thought it would be nearly four years before it would actually happen. The vote was 81percent in favor of dismissal and 19 percent preferred to remain with the PCUSA. Only 75 percent was required in order for the PCUSA to grant the dismissal; but there were extenuating circumstances.

Among the minority who chose to remain was a group who definitely decided to continue with the PCUSA. Many of these were families with deep roots in the mainline denomination and an abiding love for its history and ministry over the years. The PCUSA had compassion for those feelings and decided that the smaller group would continue in the denomination as First Presbyterian Church (FPC). The larger group then elected to revert to the church’s original name, Hendersonville Presbyterian Church (HPC), which it chose when it was established in 1852 and by which it was known for the next 100 years until it was changed in 1952 (its centennial year) to First Presbyterian Church.

After the name change, a financial settlement would be required between Hendersonville Presbyterian and the PCUSA (and FPC members) to secure the title and deed to the property which comprises the city block bounded by Seventh and Sixth Avenues and Grove and King Streets.

Negotiations went slowly, as much was at stake—including more than just the value of the property. There were also the sentimental attachments to gifts that had been previously given to the church by FPC family members. But on April 26 of this year, an amicable agreement was reached whereby HPC would pay the PCUSA and their continuing church the sum of $600,000 and grant the return of a number of items requested by continuing church members. Terms require that $100,000 be paid by July 1, 2017, and the balance in installments spread over the coming decade.

Dr. Bill Campbell, pastor of Hendersonville Presbyterian Church, said the positive response of his congregation has been astounding. First was their almost unanimous agreement, early on in the process, that the denomination to which they wish to be dismissed would be the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Then, when news of the settlement broke, a meeting was held to describe a fund raising program that would raise the first $100,000 installment by July 1, 2017.

“Our church officers suggested that it would be good if we didn’t take 10 years to get the full sum paid,” Campbell said, “and pledges and gifts began to come in immediately. One of the most creative and inspired means of raising funds came about when one of our Deacons, Sam Elliott, acknowledged to all of us who have known him at least for the past five years, that he had been quiet about his life as an accomplished artist, sculptor and poet. He offered to give the church the right to reproduce three of his beautiful paintings, and he would sign and number them for those making qualifying donations. We had no idea he had that kind of gift— and a reputation to go with it—but when he presented the church with framed reproductions to publicize his offer, we were amazed. They are incredibly beautiful! He and his wife, Marcia, continue to organize and participate in signings for our congregation’s donors.”

Campbell went on to say that on Sunday, June 11, the community is inved to come enjoy Sam’s work on exhibit at an Ice Cream Social drop-in from 2 to 4 pm. In addition to the art on display, there will be a looped PowerPoint presentation with some personal history and close-ups of many of Sam’s other works of art, and Sam will be signing the 11 x 14 numbered prints for any who wish to make a qualifying contribution to our Settlement Fund—that is a tax deductible gift of $500 per painting desired. There will also be smaller prints of some of Sam’s other works that will be given for each $25 contribution.

“The highlight of the day,” Campbell said, “will be a silent auction for three approximately

24 x 32 beautifully framed reproductions on canvas. These are suitable for hanging in a church or other public area as well as for personal enjoyment at home.
The starting bid on each of these will be $750. At 3:30 the current highest bids will be announced, and bidding will continue until 3:45 when the final successful bidders will be announced.”
The community is invited to join the congregation of Hendersonville Presbyterian Church for their June 11 celebration. Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 pm. For more information, contact the church office at 692-3211.

POLICE CHARGE/ARREST SUSPECT FOR BREAKING INTO LOCAL VEHICLES

POLICE CHARGE/ARREST SUSPECT FOR BREAKING INTO LOCAL VEHICLES

CAR BREAK-INS IN THE HYMAN AVENUE AREA   

Chief Herbert Blake is announcing the arrest of a suspect for the breaking and entering of motor vehicles recently in the city of Hendersonville. Through aggressive investigations from our patrol officers and with the support of our community, officers of the Hendersonville Police Department were able to identify and obtain warrants on a suspect for a series of vehicle break-ins that occurred in the Hyman Avenue area of the City.

Ramize Ramirez, age 19 of Hendersonville was arrested during a vehicle stop on May 30th at approximately 01:21. He was taken into custody without incident and served with the following charges:

1 count of Breaking and Entering of a motor vehicle (felony)
1 count of Unlawful Obtaining of a Credit Card (felony)
1 count of Financial Credit Card Fraud (felony)

In addition to the above charges, Ramirez was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, a felony, at the time of his arrest. The total bond for Ramirez was set at $19,000 secured.

Investigations into other related cases are on-going by our patrol officers and detectives. We would like to thank our citizens in the community for assisting in the identification and investigation of Ramize Ramirez. We encourage anyone with further information on vehicle break-ins to call the police department at 828-697-3025. Almost all vehicle break-ins occur in unlocked vehicles. We are reiterating to citizens to lock their vehicles; and to not leave their valuables or items that may be of interest to thieves in their vehicles.

CARLY ALLMAN NAMED HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOO'LS "TEACHER OF THE YEAR"

CARLY ALLMAN NAMED HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOO'LS "TEACHER OF THE YEAR"

PUBLIC SCHOOL'S "TEACHER OIF THE YEAR"    

Carly Allman, a science teacher at East Henderson High School, was named Henderson County Public Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year on Friday at the Teacher of the Year luncheon sponsored by Park Ridge Health at the Hendersonville Country Club.

Like all 23 nominees from each elementary, middle and high school, Allman was nominated by her peers for the designation of her school’s Teacher of the Year. Following extensive interviews with a selection committee comprised of an administrator, parent, board member and the previous teacher of the year, Allman was selected to represent Henderson County Public Schools as its 2017 Teacher of the Year.

When Chief Human Resources Officer Scott Rhodes introduced the HCPS Teacher of the Year on Friday, he said, “We’ve all heard the saying, ‘People don’t care about what you know until they know you care.’ This HCPS Teacher of the Year personifies these words each and every day. She is focused on building strong relationship with her students, instilling mutual trust and respect. And her love of science and her love of students have created the perfect recipe for student success.”

Allman gave credit to her mentors, many of them who were other teachers or administrators in the room, “for instilling in me the importance of loving your subject, but also having that personal connection with the kids.”

In addition to a plaque, $1,000 from Park Ridge Health, an all-expense paid trip to a state education conference, and a Teacher of the Year class ring by Jostens, Allman received a warm welcome from her students and fellow teachers when she arrived back on campus Friday. Students stood along the school’s track with handmade congratulatory signs, flower bouquets and Eagle green balloons for Allman, who was escorted to the football field by Principal Carl Taylor.

“She’s such an amazing person,” said Michelle Huerta, a senior in Allman’s anatomy class. “She’s an inspiration to me and I love her so much.”

“I’m very proud of Carly and I’m honored to work with her,” said Meghan Hare, a co-teacher in Allman’s classroom. “I’ve learned so much from her that I’m going to use in my own classroom.”

###

DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

MICHAEL CALDWELL ANGRAM   

CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS   

ATTEMPT TO LOCATE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT-HENDERSON COUNTY
May 26, 2017

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Michael Caldwell Angram. 29 year old Angram has been charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon for an incident that occurred on May 11, 2017. He is known to frequent the Harris Street area in Hendersonville.

Michael Angram is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Angram is asked to immediately contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911.

"'ONLY HOPE WNC" BOARD EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR ABSHER; SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MICHAEL ABSHER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUINCY OF A MINOR

"'ONLY HOPE WNC" BOARD EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR ABSHER; SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MICHAEL ABSHER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUINCY OF A MINOR

HAS TAKEN A LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD

The board of directors of the home he founded and operates for homeless kids expressed full support for Michael Absher late this week and that board also said they are confident that he's innocent and will be acquitted.

Less that six months into his first term as an elected member of Henderson County's Boared of Public Education, Michael Absher has been arrested and is scheduled to be in court on June 30th to answer a charge of "contributing to the deliquincy of a minor".

A 27-year old graduate of East Henderson High School, Absher has reportedly taken a leave of absence from the school board. He turned himself in and made bond on the charge late Wednesday.

According to the arrest warrant, Absher knew a 15-year-old drank alcohol at his home for homeless kids — Only Hope WNC — between last November and January.

Maj. Frank Stout, of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, said the 15-year-old boy and possiblyanother boy may have also been involved.  Stout said the sheriff's office had received allegations, and the charge came after consulting with the district attorney.

Absher, once said to be a homeless teen himself, got elected to the county school board last November after running for a third time.

Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent Bo Caldwell said he could not comment on details...he said "I don't know the facts. I don't know the details."  But the school superintend added that Absher was arrested Wednesday at 3 o'clock, "...and as a school board member he has taken a leave of absence."

Absher's attorney, Doug Pearson, said he couldn't discuss any details about the case. But, he predicted, Absher would be cleared of any wrongful conduct
Absher is expected to appear in court on June 30.

HENDERSONVILLE ELEMENTARY IS A "STEM" SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION

HENDERSONVILLE ELEMENTARY IS A "STEM" SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION

Hendersonville Elementary has been designated a “STEM School of Distinction” by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, making it the second school in Western North Carolina – and the first elementary school in the region – to be named a “STEM School of Distinction.”

The designation follows a three-year commitment of incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) project-based learning activities into the school’s culture and curriculum, engaging parents, community members and local business partners in school-wide experiments and events such as the Duke Energy Science Night, Career Days, robotic competitions, and family STEM Nights.

Hendersonville Elementary’s successful integration of STEM (and Art, to create the “STEAM” acronym) subject content into its school culture, teacher collaboration and innovation, community partnerships, and work-based learning experiences satisfied the NCDPI’s rubric for schools applying for the “STEM School of Distinction” designation. The10 attributes include “connections to effective in- and out-of-school STEM programs,” “authentic assessment and exhibition of STEM skills,” and “alignment of student’s career pathway with postsecondary STEM program(s),” and each attribute includes four key elements, creating a total of 40 key elements of which a “STEM School of Distinction” must provide evidence.

The school first applied for the distinction in 2014, after Principal Kerry Stewart had assumed the position as the school’s new principal. She said Hendersonville Elementary’s teachers addressed a desire to pursue a focus in STEM education as part of HES’ School Improvement Plan, and the teachers, students and administration have been working toward the designation ever since.

“We knew we wanted to prepare our students for the 21st century,” Stewart said. “We believe in the 4 Super Skills: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Communication.” She added, “We pulled our NC School Report Card grade up from a ‘C’ to an ‘A+.’”

Prior to Hendersonville Elementary’s designation this May, only one other school in Western North Carolina, Nesbitt Discovery Academy in Buncombe County, has earned the “STEM School of Distinction” designation, and HES is the first elementary school in the Western Region to be designated as such.

“We’ve been so impressed by Hendersonville Elementary’s incorporation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics into everyday lessons, and fostering an innovative culture among students, teachers and staff,” said Mr. Bo Caldwell, HCPS Superintendent. “We’re excited the state has recognized the school’s commitment to educating 21st century leaders and learners.”

###

ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES ELITE AIRWAYS NON-STOP SERVICE TO VERO BEACH, FLORIDA

ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES ELITE AIRWAYS NON-STOP SERVICE TO VERO BEACH, FLORIDA

Elite Airways, an airline brand new to our region, landed for the first time at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) from Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida on Thursday morning, May 25. The flight was welcomed by a water cannon arch, a tradition in aviation used to commemorate special occasions.

Once the plane taxied through the water arch and parked at the gate, AVL officials welcomed leaders from Vero Beach and Elite Airways to mark the day with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the airfield, with the Elite Airways jet nearby.

"I am so pleased to welcome our new friends from Elite Airways and Vero Beach to our mountains," said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., AVL executive director. "It's great to see this beautiful Bombardier CRJ-200 at the gate, ready to take passengers straight to Vero Beach. There are strong connections between our two communities, and I anticipate that the route between the mountains and the Treasure Coast will be embraced. I look forward to a long relationship, and to making a trip soon on Elite Airways."

"Today marks the start of nonstop jet service between Vero Beach, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina-two very popular destinations for arts, culture, music, and R&R," said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. "We have high expectations for this route, and thank city and airport officials for their support."

"Vero Beach Regional Airport is excited about this new, non-stop service from Florida to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains," said Eric Menger, Executive Director. "We know that many Florida residents will enjoy this customer-friendly airline."

The start of a new nonstop route on a new airline is certainly a special day for Asheville Regional Airport, and for the western North Carolina region. The new service will provide the tenth nonstop destination available to regional travelers from AVL, with twice-weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays.

For more information about flights, or to book a trip, visit EliteAirways.com.

For more information about Asheville Regional Airport, visit flyavl.com.

PARK RIDGE HEALTH NAMES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

PARK RIDGE HEALTH NAMES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

Park Ridge Health is excited to announce the selection of its new Chief Nursing Officer, Roland Joy, MSN, BSBA, RN. Joy has been serving in the nursing field for nearly 35 years. From caring for patients in every area of nursing, to successfully leading health care service lines, Joy has a proven record as an intuitive and decisive leader at health care systems across the Southeast and in New England.

“Roland’s proven track record of leadership and strategic development give Park Ridge Health an even stronger point for growth as a leader in high-quality care,” said Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health President and CEO.

“Park Ridge Health’s integrity as an organization and the incredible people who make up the care teams are what initially drew me to this organization,” said Roland Joy, Park Ridge Health Chief Nursing Officer. “I look forward to working with the care teams to continue the Park Ridge Health dedication to excellence and innovation in health care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit.”

Joy’s primary role is to oversee and coordinate Park Ridge Health’s Nursing care teams and their daily operations. He is a key member of the senior leadership team and will be outlining and implementing best practices for nursing and patient care. Joy has extensive experience in nurse recruitment, training and advancement, development of patient care programs and cross-departmental program strategic planning.

Most of Joy’s time outside of work involves spending time with his wife, their family and friends. He loves being outdoors and looks forward to exploring the adventures awaiting him in the mountains of Western North Carolina.