North Carolina Healthcare Foundation




The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation (NCHF) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the North Carolina Healthcare Association. Established in 1961, the Foundation supports the Association’s work in quality improvement, patient safety and rural health care. In recent years, the Foundation has served as a pathway for the Association to:

  • Convene member hospitals and their community partners to address social determinants of health
  • Advocate for rural hospitals to provide essential services
  • Support innovative data-driven initiatives to improve healthcare
  • Address barriers to establishing a high-quality behavioral health system across the state

Foundation Mission

To foster and accelerate the collective impact of hospitals, health systems, and community partners to improve the health of North Carolinians.

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  • Phyllis Wingate, Board Chair, Former President & SVP North Division (retired)| Atrium Health
  • Greg Lowe, Board Chair Elect, President | HCA, NC Division
  • Juan Austin, Senior VP, Community Relations | Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Vanessa Ervin, MBA, MRA, President & CEO | Carobell, Inc.
  • Greg Gombar, Former Executive VP & CFO (retired) | CHS
  • Lin Hollowell III, Director, Healthcare | The Duke Endowment
  • Stephen J. Lawler, President & CEO | NCHA
  • Chuck Mantooth, FACHE, President & CEO | ARHS
  • Allen Smart, Principal | PhilanthropywoRx
  • Lynda Stanley, CEO | Dosher Memorial Hospital
  • Michael C. Tarwater, FACHE, Director & Senior Advisor | The Leon Levine Foundation
  • Michael R. Waldrum, MD, CEO | Vidant Health

Jill Armbruster – Senior Director of Communications;

Chelsea Bednarz – Population Health Performance Improvement Specialist;

Ellen Carroll – Director of Program Design;

Sarah Cavaiani – Grants & Programs Associate;

LaPonda Edmondson – Vice President, Foundation; Director of Evaluation;

Jessica Foster – Opioid Program Manager;

Melanie Grafals – Equity Data Program Manager;

Daisy Hensley – Executive Assistant;

Dean Higgins – Senior Director of Operations;

Jai Kumar – Senior Director of Program Design;

Shelby Lassiter – Director, Quality & Patient Safety;

Anabelle League – Program Manager;

Shakeerah McCoy – Director, Rural Health Innovation;

Yvonne Mosley – Quality Performance Improvement Specialist;

Emily Roland – State Director, CaroNova; State Director, Implementation Team;

Miriam Tardif-Douglin – Research & Policy Analyst;

Trish Vandersea – Director, Performance Improvement;

Julia Wacker – President, Foundation; Executive Director, CaroNova;

Madison Ward-Willis – Program Manager, CaroNova;

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North Carolina Healthcare Association

2400 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513

Main: 919-677-2400
Fax: 919-677-4200

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