October 05, 2018
Sheri Wood to retire as CEO of KC CARE Health Center – Board of Directors to launch national search for replacement
October 5, 2018 (KANSAS CITY, MO) : KC CARE Health Center announced today that after twenty-two years of service to the organization, Sheri Wood, has decided to retire and stepped down from her position as CEO of the organization. The KC CARE Board of Directors will conduct a national search for a permanent replacement.
“KC CARE is in a strong position and it is a good time to retire and turn it over to new leadership and its dedicated staff and volunteers,” said Wood. “It has been a privilege to serve as the CEO during its transformative years of being the largest free clinic in the country and a Federally Qualified Health Center.”
During Sheri’s tenure, KC CARE has grown from a staff of 18 and a budget of $1.2 million to become a Federally Qualified Health Center and one of the largest charitable clinics in the country. Today, KC CARE has a committed staff of more than 150, a volunteer base of more than 700 and a budget of more than $16 million that allows the organization to serve thousands of Kansas Citians in need every year.
“Sheri has been a strong leader for more than two decades and our entire region has benefited greatly from her passion, enthusiasm and expertise,” said Bert Malone, KC CARE Board Chair. “She has done an exceptional job expanding KC CARE’s offerings and solidifying partnerships that have allowed us to deliver on our mission of promoting health and wellness by providing quality care, access, research and education to the underserved and all people in our community.”
The KC CARE Board has asked David Garrett to serve as Interim CEO effective immediately. David is a long-time healthcare leader in Kansas City and worked previously at KC CARE as Director of Finance and Operations. He also previously served as Vice President of Payment Innovations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.
“I greatly appreciate the confidence of the KC CARE Board in asking me to step in and support the organization as Interim CEO,” said Garrett. “Given my history with KC CARE, it was an easy decision and admittedly an honor and a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Sheri, whom I consider to be a mentor and friend.”
About KC CARE Health Center:
KC CARE Health Center offers quality, affordable, integrated health services to everyone in the community with the promise of dignity and personalized care. KC CARE Health Center (formerly Kansas City CARE Clinic) is one of the oldest and largest charitable care clinics in the nation. Now a Federally Qualified Health Center and Patient-Centered Medical Home, KC CARE’s clinical services include primary care for adults and children, HIV primary care and support services, oral healthcare, and behavioral healthcare. Our core services are enhanced by case management, care coordination, community screenings and health education. With a staff of more than 150 and 700+ dedicated volunteers, KC CARE provides healthcare, education, and support for nearly 21,000 individuals through more than 93,000 annual encounters. The mission of KC CARE is to promote health and wellness by providing quality care, access, research, and education to the underserved and all people in our community. KC CARE is the heart of community healthcare.
For more information, please visit www.kccare.org
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