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Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation Names New Board Leadership for 2023

Barbara Blumer Corcoran

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation (HCHF) announced that its Board of Directors has elected Dr. Barbara Blumer Corcoran as Board Chair. She succeeds Dr. Walter Clark who, after serving as Board Chair since the inception of the Health Foundation in 2019, has transitioned to the role of Retired Chair. Dr. Corcoran had served in the position of Vice Chair since 2019.

“It has been a great honor to have served as Chair of the Health Foundation Board of Directors,” said Dr. Clark. “I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments, beginning with the transition from the Hospital Foundation to the Health Foundation in 2019. We have helped over 70 organizations through grants and thousands of people through programs ranging from COVID vaccination clinics, adding primary care providers to our community, expanding mental health awareness and resources, and so much more. I am confident in our future and in Barbara’s leadership as we continue to grow and expand the impact of the Health Foundation.”

“It is a great honor to be named Chair of the Board of Directors of the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation,” said Dr. Corcoran. “We all deeply respect and appreciate Dr. Clark’s leadership; he set a high bar for me and for future Chairs. The strength of this Foundation is the diverse and impressive expertise of its directors, community advisors, and staff. I look forward to bringing strong, positive leadership to this already skilled group.”

Elected to the role of Vice Chair will be Dr. Patricia Morse. Dr. Morse currently serves as a professor in the Department of Social Work at Western Carolina University and has served on the Health Foundation Board of Directors since September 2019. Also serving as board officers are Secretary Barrett K. Hawks and Treasurer Jerry Moore. In addition to the officers, the 2023 Board of Directors includes Ghislaine Austin Belcak, Christopher J. Byrd, Stephanie Edwards, Dr. Richard Ellin, Dr. Jerry Hayes, Harriet Karro, and George T. Manning.

“This is a significant time in the history of our Foundation,” said Robin Tindall, CEO and Executive Director. “Our Board of Directors is exceptionally engaged in serving our Foundation purpose to improve health and well-being throughout our communities. I am deeply grateful to Walter for his vision, passion, and dedication during the time he served as Board Chair. Equally, I am excited about what the future holds under Barbara’s leadership. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and strategic vision and I look forward to working with her in the Board Chair role.”

I know I speak for everyone at the Foundation in saying how grateful we are for the incredible generosity of our unique Plateau communities,” continued Dr. Corcoran. “I look forward to working with all of you to continue to advance our mission of lifting health and well-being, together!”

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