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Angel Medical Center (AMC) is fortunate to have community leaders who make the commitment to serve the hospital as members of the Board of Trustees says Bonnie Peggs, director of marketing and public relations. The board consists of 17 members including representatives of different parts of the community that AMC serves. Each member serves a four-year term and can serve one successive term with the chairman serving one additional year as immediate past chair. Board members also each serve on a sub-committee and take part in a number of hospital events and activities. Most importantly, the board provides governance and leadership in setting the overall strategic direction of our health system.

With the beginning of the hospital’s new fiscal year, J. Randolph Bulgin, Dr. Gus Wilde, and Bob Jones completed their terms on the board. “Each board member makes a big commitment when they are appointed to the board and our gratitude is difficult to express,” stated Jim Bross, President and CEO of AMC. “They bring their talents and give a great deal of their time to the hospital and to the success of Angel Medical Center. We appreciate all that these individuals have given to AMC and also given to our staff, physicians and volunteers.”

With the departure of Bulgin, Wilde, and Jones, three new members have begun their tenure on the board of trustees. The new additions to the board are Charles H. Barrier, M.D., Dale West, and Robert Bednarek.

Dale West is the manager of the local office — whose jurisdiction includes Franklin, Sylva and Bryson City — of the Division of Workforce Solutions-N.C. Department of Commerce, formerly the N.C. Employment Security Commission; is a past president of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, and also serves as the chair for Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club.

Charles H. Barrier, MD, is board certified in internal medicine, and also board certified in gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Carolina Digestive Consultants and is active in his church. Dr. Barrier has also taken part of a medical mission team that has traveled to Ghana, West Africa several times. Dr. Barrier serves as the vice chief of staff and COS-elect for Angel Medical Center.

Bob Bednarek, Transylvania Regional Hospital’s CEO, is also serving as a new member of the board of trustees. As both Transylvania and Angel have become a part of Mission Health System, the sharing of senior leadership team members is one of the models to build a stronger foundation throughout the regional hospitals.

“Angel is a great place to work, thanks to the staff, physicians, volunteers, and members of our board,” Bross continued. “As board members leave their board position and as new community members come on the board, we are all working together to make Angel an even better hospital for our community. I want to thank Randolph Bulgin, Dr. Gus Wilde, and Bob Jones for their time on the board. I am also pleased that we have such qualified and dedicated individuals who are willing to come on the board and work with us to build our hospital for the future. ”

Angel Medical Center is a full-service, acute care, nonprofit hospital that has served residents of Macon and surrounding counties since 1923. Angel is accredited by The Joint Commission. For more information on Angel Medical Center, visit the website at

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