Mary Piepenbring to Retire; Lin Hollowell Named New Health Care Director
Mary L. Piepenbring, vice president of The Duke Endowment and Director of the Health Care program area, has announced her retirement.
Piepenbring joined the Endowment in 2000 after seven years at Carolinas HealthCare System as Vice President in Administration. In addition to leading the Health Care program area, she has overseen the Endowment’s Evaluation Department. She was named Vice President in 2009.
Piepenbring will retire at the end of 2016.
“Mary has been an outstanding leader for The Duke Endowment, but especially for our Health Care program area,” said Minor Shaw, the Endowment’s Board Chair. “Under her direction, the Endowment has worked with grantees to develop and implement highly successful programs in the areas of quality and safety of health care, access, and prevention. By advancing innovative statewide initiatives and guiding effective collaboration and partnerships, Mary has made a lasting impact on organizations in the Carolinas. Her legacy is improved health and health care for people and communities across the two states.”
Piepenbring has played a major role in health care and philanthropy, serving as a Commissioner of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, a board member of the North Carolina Quality Center and the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, and an inaugural member of the Leadership Team for the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina. She was appointed to serve on the South Carolina Medical Education Advisory Committee, and she serves on the editorial board of the North Carolina Medical Journal.
Her many honors include the Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award for contributions to Public Health in North Carolina, the North Carolina Hospital Association Meritorious Service Award, and the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award.
Linwood B. Hollowell III has been named Piepenbring’s successor as Health Care Director.
Hollowell joined the Endowment in 2001 after working in hospital administration with the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, S.C. At the Endowment, he has coordinated funding initiatives supporting a range of issues, including mental health, emergency medical services, and access to care for the uninsured. He is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Wake Forest University.
“Lin’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing health care in the Carolinas runs deep,” said Rhett Mabry, president of The Duke Endowment. “We will greatly miss Mary and her exceptional leadership, but we look forward to a seamless transition.”