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Pardee hires Butterworth to manage community health initiative

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Milton Butterworth, chief development officer of Blue Ridge Health, is moving across town to become manager of community health at Pardee Hospital, Pardee UNC Health Care announced Thursday.

In this new position, Butterworth will represent Pardee as a member of the Henderson County Partnership for Health and will manage a $450,000 Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas grant the Duke Endowment awarded the Pardee in January. The Henderson County Partnership for Health, a diverse group of community organizations working collaboratively to improve community health, is now one of 15 coalitions in the Duke Endowment’s Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas initiative.

“Over the years, Milton has worked tirelessly to develop the collaborative culture we pride ourselves on today,” said Dr. Richard Hudspeth, chief executive officer and chief medical officer at Blue Ridge Health. “While he will be missed, we couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to continue working with him to improve population health in this collaborative way.”

Pardee and BRH have been longstanding community partners and are strategically aligned to address medical care access in Western North Carolina through the medical residency program and clinic access.

“Like both Pardee and Blue Ridge Health, Milton believes everyone deserves the opportunity to be healthy,” said Johnna Reed, chief administrative officer for Pardee UNC Health Care. “We are pleased that he will lead our initiatives to improve health for Henderson County residents.”

Butterworth starts the new job on July 1.