PHF MOVES TO ‘THE KEELEY HOUSE’

Pisgah Health Foundation has a new home for its operations in a house with a lot of history. Centrally located one block from downtown Brevard, the foundation has settled into the newly renovated “Little Yellow House” on the corner of West Jordan Street.

Built in 1930, the home operated as a well-known doctor’s office for Dr. James M. Keeley over many years until it was donated, at the time of his retirement, to the Transylvania Regional HospitalFoundation in 2008. At the last PHF board meeting, a unanimous decision was made that hence forth the building will be known as “The Keeley House” in honor of Keeley, which was announced at the ribbon cutting ceremony on April 10.

“When given the opportunity to restore the home back to its original form and have it be our new base of operations I was elated,” said Lex Green, president of Pisgah Health Foundation. “The house has always had a unique historical value to our organization. We want to ensure it remains that way.”

With the help of local partners, Jeff Caughey, contractor and owner of Home Life Construction of Cedar Mountain, and Martha Carlton, designer and owner of Theophilus in downtown Brevard, the home has been transformed into a bright, vibrant and welcoming place to work for the team members of Pisgah Health Foundation.

During renovations, Carlton, with the help of husband, Greg, the director of Camp Carolina Point, discovered heart of pine flooring underneath two layers of plywood and carpet. Caughey wasted no time bringing the floors to their original luster. The facility also has quite a few other unique features that will ensure its fun use for staff and volunteers.

Pisgah Health Foundation will focus on supporting the needs of the community through strategic partnerships with donors and nonprofits. Its drive is to improve health and wellness by addressing healthy opportunities in targeted social determinates of health areas, including health, food insecurity, housing, social cohesion and education.

Green goes on to say, “Now that we have a new place to call home, we are eager to move forward with innovative health initiatives.”

Thank you to the Brevard Chamber of Commerce for arranging the ribbon cutting ceremony.

For more information on the Pisgah Health Foundation and the many ways it will promote community health, go to pisgahhealthfoundation.org or contact Lex Green, CPA, president of PHF, at Lex@pisgahhealthfoundation.org.