Published on November 16, 2020

Nash UNC Health Care Foundation Names New Directorkathleen

Nash UNC Health Care has announced Kathleen Fleming as the new Director of the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation.

 “I am pleased to announce Kathleen Fleming as the director of the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation.  Kathleen has demonstrated great vision and leadership of the Foundation following the retirement of Stacy Jesso in June,” said Dr. L Lee Isley, president and CEO of Nash UNC Health Care.

Kathleen has been with the Foundation for nearly two years, and previously held the position of Development Officer before being promoted to Director. Prior to working at the Foundation, Fleming held positions with the American Heart Association, Sylvan Heights Bird Park and the American Cancer Society.

“I am excited to continue my work with the Foundation in this new position,” said Fleming. “I look forward to moving the Foundation forward and improving the health and engagement of our community with the initiatives we have planned.” 

The mission of the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation is to serve as the fundraising arm of Nash UNC Health Care to strengthen hospital services and improve the health of the community.

With the funds that are raised, the Foundation provides better access to patient care and funds projects that improve the patient experience and patient outcomes in the community.  

“We recently went through a strategic planning process for the Foundation and outlined a clear growth plan for the next three years,” said Fleming. “In year one we are focusing on Foundation Board and Committee Development.  Our focus has been to insure we have a diverse board that represents all communities in our service area.  We are excited to have seven new proposed board members who will be voted in at the December board meeting.”

Fleming also said that the Foundation will be focusing on growing and supporting their Cancer Fund, as well as addressing different social determinates of health in our community, specifically food insecurity.

“After reviewing the social determinates of health in our community, we found food insecurity to be a prominent one,” said Fleming. “We are currently working with our board and the hospital on different ways we can address that for our community, starting with a fundraiser at the beginning of spring to begin supporting our initiatives around the issue.”

The Nash UNC Health Care Foundation has designated funds for Cancer Services, Breast Care, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, the Emergency Department, Heart Center, Hospice and Palliative Care, Rehab Services, Women’s Center, and an Annual Fund that goes to the area of greatest need.