Dr. Susan Mims Receives FHLI’s Community Achievement Award for Vital Role in Children’s Health Initiatives

CARY — The Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation is pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Mims, M.D., MPH, Vice President for Children’s Services and Clinical Genetics and Personalized Medicine at Mission Health, Chief of Pediatrics for Mission Children’s Hospital, and Vice Chief of Staff for Mission Hospital, has been named as the 2019 recipient of the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation’s Community Achievement Award. 

Dr. Mims has served as the chief executive for Mission Children’s Hospital for more than a decade. She also serves on Mission Hospital’s leadership team, working to meet the healthcare needs of the people and families of western North Carolina and to promote health throughout the region.

“Susan Mims embodies all of the qualities essential to being a true healthcare innovator,” said FHLI President and CEO Anne Thomas. “She fearlessly spearheads those initiatives on the local, regional, and state levels that have led to significant improvements of the health and wellness of our children.”

Under Dr. Mims leadership, Mission Children’s Hospital has grown to serve children across western North Carolina and beyond with pediatric specialty care in 24 disciplines, a robust child life program, a child advocacy center, and other outreach programs. Several of the programs she spearheaded have attained national recognition, such as “The ToothBus” mobile dental care program, Asthma Outreach, and WNC Safe Kids Injury Prevention programs. She has implemented strategic plans resulting in program growth, improved efficiency, attainment of millions of dollars in grant and philanthropic support and significantly improved the financial performance of Mission Children’s Hospital. She takes great pride in managing resources in a fiscally responsible way to ensure program sustainability.

Before joining Mission, Dr. Mims served as Medical Director at the Buncombe County Health Department, where she oversaw clinical services in the county’s largest indigent care clinic and school-based health centers. She has led many quality improvement projects, including the transition to electronic medical records, establishing an open-access care delivery model, and integrating behavioral health in the medical clinic. She has practiced general public health, including oversight of immunizations, family planning, STI services, WIC and nutrition, community health, disaster preparedness, and disease control and coordinated several major disease outbreak investigations. Prior to her work as medical director at the Health Department, Dr. Mims worked as a physician in a private practice in Durham, NC.

About FHLI’s Community Achievement Award

The Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation Community Achievement Award recognizes individuals who are invested in improving the health of their community or region. The recipient of this award exemplifies the FHLI’s whole-person and whole-community approach to health and reflects FHLI’s values. In addition, this award is presented to a recipient who is deeply respected among his/her peers. For more information about FHLI, please go to foundationhli.org.


Photos of Dr. Mims accepting the award can be found on the FHLI website.

For more information, contact:
Marni Schribman, Director of Communications & Public Relations
Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation