Western North Carolina Community Health Services appoints interim chief executive officer

Press release from WNC Community Health Services: 

Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) would like to announce the appointment of Kim Wagenaar as interim Chief Executive Officer.  Wagenaar was selected by the Board of Directors on Monday, April 22nd.  She replaces Carlos Gomez, who served as founding CEO at WNCCHS for over 25 years.  Mr. Gomez, along with co-founders Polly Ross, MD, and Minnie Jones, created what is now the Minnie Jones Health Center, serving low income/uninsured, and underinsured residents of Buncombe County, as well as providing additional specific services to residents of an 18-county service area of western North Carolina.

Wagenaar previously served at WNCCHS as Chief Operating Officer, before accepting the position of Chief Executive Officer.  She has served in a number of capacities, including former CEO of Cabarrus/Rowan Community Health Centers outside of Charlotte, and has extensive expertise in Community Health Center leadership and management. As a Nurse Practitioner, she also brings a unique clinical perspective, which combined with her leadership and management skills will help WNCCHS expand and diversify services for the underserved in western North Carolina.

Western North Carolina Community Health Services is a Federally-qualified Community Health Center in Asheville, North Carolina.  In 2017 WNCCHS served 15,683 unduplicated patients, of which 95% were at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, and 58% were uninsured.  WNCCHS offers, highly integrated medical, dental, behavioral health, prenatal services and also provides comprehensive HIV services through the Ryan White Program. WNCCHS also operates one of the few Transgender Health Programs in the State.

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