Press releaseFrom Mission Health:
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 27, 2013) – Charles Ayscue, MBA, Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Mission Health, has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest honors the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen.
“I am honored to receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” said Ayscue. “I have always enjoyed being involved in healthcare and the work I do at Mission Health. It’s gratifying to know the care we provide truly impacts the communities around us. I want to thank the leadership team and the entire Mission Health family, who inspire me every day. I am fortunate to work with such a great team as we dedicate our service to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina.”
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine was created in the mid-1960s and is among the most prestigious awards presented to a civilian in North Carolina. The award, named after the official state tree of North Carolina, is presented in recognition of an individual’s extraordinary service to the state, contributions to the community or extra effort in a career.
“On behalf of the entire team at Mission Health, we congratulate Charles for receiving this highly esteemed award,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “Charles has called North Carolina home for his entire healthcare career and has been active in numerous community roles, always focusing on ways to improve the quality of life for so many in our great region. He has helped guide Mission Health so that we are better able to meet the needs of the people we serve in western North Carolina. I am proud to call Charles one of the most dedicated advocates of our BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family.”
Ayscue has served as Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO of Mission Health since March 2007. Before joining Mission Health, Ayscue was CFO of UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, N.C., for 20 years. Prior to his tenure with UNC Health Care, Ayscue served as Comptroller and Associate Director of Financial Services at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.
Ayscue received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Campbell College, now Campbell University, in Buies Creek, N.C. Ayscue and his wife, Lanier H. Ayscue, MD, a board certified pathologist and family medicine physician, have two adult sons.
Past recipients of the Long Leaf Pine include Maya Angelou, Billy Graham, Michael Jordan and Bob Timberlake, along with longtime state employees, prominent business executives and noted politicians, musicians, actors and advocates.
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.
Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub- specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 730 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 9,500 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission- health.org.