After practicing law in Durham, NC and Nashville, TN, and serving as a member of the legal staff for NC Memorial Hospital (now UNC Hospitals) Ann Young became the initial in-house counsel for Mission Hospital, assuming responsibility for a variety of administrative areas including, Medical Records, Medical Staff, Risk Management, Quality, Liability Insurance, and Chaplaincy. She supervised a legal team that grew to six lawyers, three legal assistants and a dozen support team members with responsibility for a multi-million dollar budget. Ann advised and worked closely with executive, medical staff and board leadership throughout her tenure. She retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Mission Health System (MHS) in December, 2017, and continued to work on a part time basis to assist in the MHS asset sale and related establishment of Dogwood Health Trust (DHT). Ann served as Interim Executive Director of DHT from October, 2018 to October, 2019. She currently serves in a part time capacity as a senior advisor to the executive and board leadership of DHT.
Active in the non-profit community throughout her professional career, Ann has volunteered with many organizations, including Salvation Army, Veterans Association Hospital Institutional Review Board, Asheville City Schools Foundation, and Helpmate as well as with church, school and youth sports organizations. She also has served on a variety of boards, including the executive committees of Pisgah Legal Services, UNC Asheville Foundation and the YMCA of Western North Carolina, and as board chair of the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. She has been a member of the boards of the alumni associations of both UNC Chapel Hill and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law.
Ann has been recognized with leadership or professional awards by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the YWCA and the NC Bar Association, and for her philanthropic work by the United Way.
She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in Sociology and from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law. She has been licensed to practice law in NC since 1975, is a past chair of the Health Law Section of the NC Bar Association and has taught health law at Pfeiffer University and UNC Asheville.