McDowell Hospital has served county residents and visitors for more than a century. Our founders—selfless community leaders and compassionate physicians—valued teamwork, excellent care, and superb customer service. These values continue to guide us today.
We are committed to providing the highest quality care possible. From value-based purchasing to continuous learning by physicians and staff to major renovations now taking place, we are infusing quality into everything we do.
We’ve experienced many changes during our long history including several moves to expand services. In 2004 we began an affiliation with Mission Health that brought new resources and services to our community. However, we continue to operate independently, governed by our own Board of Directors.
- Carol Wolfenbarger is President and CEO
- Licensed for 65 beds; currently staff 49 beds
- Nearly 450 employees
- 45 volunteers and growing
- Led by a volunteer board of directors 
- Affiliated with Mission Health , which includes Mission Hospital in Buncombe County and Blue Ridge Regional Hospital  in Mitchell County.
The mission of McDowell Hospital is to serve the health care needs of our community, giving comprehensive, cost-effective, quality care without regard to race, color, creed or ability to pay.
MERIT Core Values
McDowell Hospital embraces five core values: Mercy, Excellence, Respect, Integrity and Trust... MERIT.
Mercy – This is the cornerstone of McDowell Hospital. We work to create a caring and compassionate environment responsive to the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of all persons.
Excellence - We strive to meet or exceed patient/customer needs and expectations and work as a team to improve every aspect of care and service in our organization.
Respect - We value the innate dignity of all persons, respect their uniqueness and diversity and enable the development of each one's full potential.
Integrity - We are consistently open, honest and ethical, following MERIT principles.
Trust/Teamwork - We say what we mean and do what we say.
Grounded in our heritage, experience, and clear vision, we pledge to continue promoting health education, and providing preventive and wellness care while growing to meet the changing needs of our community.