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Honoring Two Northwest Health Center Leaders

Tuesday, October 11, 2016   (0 Comments)
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I'd like to take this opportunity, on behalf of NWRPCA, to thank and honor two outstanding Northwest health center leaders and recent NWRPCA Board members who've retired in the past several months: Erwin (Ern) Teuber, Executive Director of Oregon Health & Science University's Family Health Center at Richmond, and Al Cordova, CEO of Tri-Cities Community Health in Pasco, WA.  Both men leave legacies of remarkable achievement in community health and the deep affection and admiration of their Northwest CHC colleagues.  


Ern devoted the past thirty years of his professional life to community health centers, first as Executive Director of Terry Reilly Health Services in Boise, ID from 1986 to 2009 and most recently in his role at Richmond Clinic.  Ern started his career as a civil rights worker at the Columbus Urban League, and his passion for social and health justice has been clear and inspiring to all those who have worked with him since.  Ern is the only health center administrator to have served on the NWRPCA Board on two separate occasions as a representative from two different states, and in his first "stint" as an ID rep from Terry Reilly was also Chair of the association.  


Prior to joining Tri-Cities in 2011, Al served from 2004-2010 as Vice President of Community Health for the John Peter Smith Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas.  At the Network, he oversaw 51 ambulatory practice sites and a $63 million annual budget.  In his first few years at Tri-Cities, Al led the organization in bringing the average wait time down from six weeks to less than one, in turning around the center's financial performance, and in doubling, during one eight-month period, the number of medical providers on staff.  


Both Ern and Al's contributions to the medically underserved in the Northwest are compelling.  What's equally compelling is how they achieved these contributions--with steady, insightful and inspiring leadership and personalities so warm and engaging that they are as loved by staff and colleagues as they are respected.  We will so miss you, Ern and Al--the best of luck in your next adventures and stay in touch!


-Bruce Gray, CEO, NWRPCA

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