Dogwood Health Trust Announces First CEO

Aug 13, 2019

Dogwood Health Trust, the nonprofit foundation created by the sale of Mission Health to for-profit HCA, has chosen its initial CEO. 

Antony Chiang, president of Empire Health Foundation, has been chosen as the initial CEO of Dogwood.  He has been president of he organization for the last nine years. It is similar to Dogwood but based in Spokane, Washington. 

Board Chair Janice Brumit says that Chiang’s work distributing $70 million for Empire was one of the reasons that he was chosen to run Dogwood. The foundation is tasked with distributing the profits of the $1.5 billion dollar sale that was finalized in February. 

“In Antony Chiang we’ve found a leader who has lived the journey on which Dogwood Health is about to embark,” said Dogwood Health Trust Board Chair Janice Brumit in a press release.  “His commitment to health equity and inclusion, his talent for forging meaningful partnerships, and his ingenious approach to solving chronic problems that affect health and wellness will be invaluable as we enter this next important chapter for Dogwood Health Trust.”

According to Dogwood, under Chiang’s leadership, Empire multiplied the impact of its endowment nine-fold and leveraged more than $200 million in new funds. He is the son of Taiwanese immigrants and earned degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a law degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

“The founding Board of Dogwood Health Trust has a compelling vision for dramatically improving the health, equity and well-being of the people and communities of Western North Carolina. Their commitment to authentic community engagement and bold measurable impact is inspiring,” says Chiang in a press release. 

Chiang was chosen through a search process facilitated by Witt/Kieffer, a national search firm focused solely on not-for-profit healthcare and philanthropy. The organization identified more than 350 individuals and reviewed approximately 125 applicants. 

Brumit says that Dogwood Health Trust plans to open up their grant applications in late 2020.

The Dogwood Health Trust board currently has 15 members, including the newest member Tri-County Community President Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers.