Pardee Hospital announces an affiliation with UNC Health Care

At its June 15 meeting, the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors unanimously approved an affiliation agreement with the UNC Health Care System. This management agreement can help achieve cost savings and increased services for residents of Henderson County.

Pardee Hospital announces an affiliation with UNC Health Care click to enlarge UNC Hospitals' President Gary Park, left, shakes hands with Bill Lapsley, Chair of the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors.

“Pardee is a well respected and exceptionally strong community provider that shares a similar mission with UNC Health Care,” said Gary L. Park, president of UNC Hospitals. “We look forward to joining Pardee in developing an even better health care system for the citizens of Henderson County and the region.”

The Pardee Board also announced that they have selected James (Jay) Kirby II for the position of Pardee President and CEO. Kirby has more than 20 years of health care management experience, including serving most recently as senior vice-president and chief administrative officer of Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, SC, for nine years.

“The board, associates, volunteers, medical staff, and the community will benefit from having a person of Jay Kirby’s character and experience leading Pardee into the future,” said Bill Lapsley, Chair of the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors. “He presented the outstanding qualifications that the search committee desired in a CEO, and we will be pleased to have him as the new leader for our community hospital as we move toward the future.”

The eight-member search committee, appointed by Lapsley and chaired by board member Bill Moyer, consisted of members of Pardee’s medical staff, hospital and community representatives. In addition, more than 40 other stakeholders of the hospital, including physicians, associates, senior management staff, commissioners and members of the hospital Foundation and Auxiliary Boards, participated in the interview process of the final three candidates. Representatives from the UNC Health Care System also participated in the interviews.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital in Hendersonville, NC, that was founded in 1953. The main hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds and is the second largest employer in Henderson County. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus, including an adult day services center, a health education center, home care services, rehab and wellness center, a midwifery program, various family and internal medicine practices, and an urgent care facility. More information is available at

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