MedWest Health System has named Steve Brown as director of the foundations for three hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties. He joined MedWest in April.
When Brown started his job as executive director for the Haywood County Schools Foundation, he was escorted to an area of the school system where foundation records are stored. As he exited the elevator, he felt a sense of déjà vu. The school system offices are located in the former Haywood County Hospital building, where Brown’s father, Dr. Alan Brown worked more than 60 hours a week.
“I grew up in the old hospital, playing in the area that is still a bomb shelter,” Brown said. With Brown’s new role as foundation director, that sense of déjà vu has resurfaced. “I’ve always been passionate about education, but my other passion is health care.”
That’s not only because his father was a doctor and cofounder of Midway Medical Center; but, his father-in-law, Dr. George Brown, is also a long-time family doctor in Haywood County. His rich family history extends even further. His brother Gavin is mayor of Waynesville; his brother Reid is an attorney; and his sister Lisa is director of the Haywood County Board of Realtors.
“I grew up here. My family lived and worked here. This is an opportunity for me to spread the good word about Med- West to people who know and trust me,” Brown said.
With 11 years of experience in all phases and development as executive director, Brown said he is excited about developing a 10-year strategic plan to help MedWest Health System grow.
“This is a new challenge,” Brown said. “I am impressed with how well the foundations have existed without a director for the past two years. It is great for me to be able to come in to such a well-organized group. It will make the transition much easier.”
Brown, 57, is the former owner of Cline Bradley Company in west Waynesville and was an elementary school teacher for two years. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned a master’s degree and education specialist degree at Western Carolina University.
Brown and his wife, Deborah, have three sons, Steven, Gavin and Hunter.
He is a member and past president of the Waynesville Rotary Club, a member of the REACH board, a member and past president of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, a member and youth leader of the First Methodist Church in Waynesville, a graduate of the first class of Leadership Haywood, past president and board member of the Salvation Army, and past board member of the Daniel Boone Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.