WNC Health Network exists to convene and connect stakeholders and provide support for our members and partners to improve health and healthcare across our region


Our vision is to support healthy and thriving communities and care systems in western North Carolina.


Our values are collaboration, integrity, respect, and innovation. We are patient and community centered and we are focused on results.


In 1995, a group of dedicated individuals decided to make a difference in healthcare in western North Carolina. They began to identify, explore, and implement opportunities to collaborate among the area’s hospitals and healthcare systems. WNC Health Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, includes 17 hospitals in western North Carolina.

Collaboration started with quality improvement and achieving cost savings and value through aggregation of group purchasing volume.  It developed over time to include a regional health information exchange and focus on population health. In 2013, Capstone Health Alliance was created as a separate, wholly owned subsidiary of WNC Health Network to house the group purchasing program.

Today, WNC Health Network, an alliance of 17 hospitals in western North Carolina, works together and with partners to improve health and healthcare. Partners in western North Carolina, along with member hospitals, are engaged to foster healthy and thriving communities and care systems.


WNC Health Network team members:

  • Plan and facilitate strategic conversations
  • Manage regional health improvement initiatives
  • Support communication strategies
  • Assess and address data needs
  • Provide targeted consultation and technical assistance
  • Serve as cross agency connectors

Marian Arledge, MPH

Executive Director


Meron Abebe, M.S., MBA

Operations Manager & Improvement Specialist


Adrienne Ammerman, M.A.

Communications & Improvement Specialist


Erin Braasch, MPH, RN

Program Manager & Improvement Specialist


Jo Bradley, M.S., CHES

Data Manager & Improvement Specialist


Emily Kujawa, MPH, RD

Project Manager & Improvement Specialist


Board of Directors

Rebecca Carter
Vice Chairman
President & CNO, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

James Kirby, II
President & CEO, Pardee UNC Health Care

Tracy T. Buchanan
Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO, CarePartners Health Services