Susan Mims, MPH, MD is the Vice President for Children’s Services at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC and Executive Medical Director for Mission Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mims leads Mission’s programming and services to meet the healthcare needs of children and families in western NC and works to promote health throughout the region. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, program development and clinical quality initiatives in an effort to ensure the hospital maintains the highest standards for safety, outcomes, and service. Under Dr. Mims leadership, Mission Children’s services have expanded beyond Asheville and across the region of western NC. She has helped build programs, including pediatric orthopedics, radiology, audiology, and child life, recruit more than 20 pediatric subspecialists, and support nationally recognized outreach programs such as Mission Children’s Toothbus mobile dental care, Asthma Outreach and Safe Kids to provide needed services in WNC.
In addition to working with Children’s Services, Dr. Mims has experience in supporting Women’s Services and Clinical Genetics. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and enjoys teaching. In her leadership role at Mission Health she facilitates several courses focused on improving communications among physicians, staff, patients, and families, including Communications in HealthCare, Relationship Centered Leadership, and Difficult Conversations and Disclosure.
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 and led many quality improvement projects, including integrating behavioral health into medical care. She also practiced general public health including oversight of immunizations, family planning, STI services, WIC and nutrition, community health, disaster preparedness, and disease control involving work on several major disease outbreak investigations in collaboration with the State Health Department and the CDC. Prior to her work as medical director at the Health Department, Dr. Mims worked as a physician in a private practice.
Dr. Mims attended college at the University of Georgia on an athletic scholarship as a diver on the swim team, graduating cum laude with a double major in biology and psychology. After college Dr. Mims volunteered in Guatemala for a year doing community development work. After returning to the US, a project working with migrant farm workers sparked an interest in epidemiology and she went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree from UNC while completing her MD degree. Dr. Mims continued her medical training at UNC Hospitals in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Mims is active in national, state and community health organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, NC Pediatric Society and NC Medical Society and is a past President of the Buncombe County Medical Society Foundation. She has served on the boards for the YMCA of WNC, the Western Carolina Medical Society, WNC Healthy Kids, and Kids in Parks, a local obesity prevention initiative. An active church member, she teaches Sunday School and volunteers with the local homeless shelter. She and her husband have two teenage sons and enjoy myriad outdoor activities.