Nancy Kautz, RN, BSBA came to Ashe County in 1988 and has improved the quality of life and health for county residents for over twenty years. Her work at Ashe
Memorial Hospital evolved from being an Emergency room nurse to establishing a cardiac rehabilitation program, to coordinating community outreach programs, writing and administering grants for the hospital and the community. She has been responsible for facilitating, planning, designing, implementing and supervising programs that focus on the integration of community health and human services, in order to improve the health care delivery system for Ashe County.
For many years, Ms. Kautz provided leadership and staff support for the Ashe County Health Council, “A Healthy Carolinians Task Force”, and acted as a liaison between health care agencies and the community. She was responsible for fiscal management of hospital and community grants, and managed grant-funded programs. Due in large part to Ms Kautz’s contributions, Ashe Memorial Hospital was the proud recipient of the American Hospital Association 2000 NOVA Award, The William Anylan Award for distinguished Healthy Carolinians Task Force in 1999, and in 2005 the Hospital received the Rural Health Center’s Outstanding Health Organization Award. Ms. Kautz has worked on an impressive array of projects to benefit the community including the establishment of the Ashe School Based Health Center, A Safe Home for Everyone, The Domestic Violence program in Ashe County, The Ashe/Alleghany Safe Kids Car Seat Project, the creation of several walking trails and parks in Jefferson and in Lansing. The list continues with the establishment of the Ashe Suicide/Depression Awareness and Prevention task force, The Mountain Hearts Center for Prevention and Wellness, and as well as launching The Diabetes Education program and low-cost lipid and prostate cancer screenings.
Nurse Kautz’s community involvement continues in her retirement. Her current activities include being a member of the Ashe Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and serving as the vice chairwoman of the School Based Health Center.