SULZBACHER Hires Chief Health Officer

Mary Pat Corrigan is Sulzbacher's new chief health officer.

Mary Pat Corrigan is Sulzbacher’s new chief health officer.

Mary Pat Corrigan has joined Sulzbacher in the newly created role of chief health officer. Corrigan is a well-known and respected community leader and most recently was the executive director of Volunteers in Medicine, which has partnered closely with Sulzbacher for many years.

She brings many years of experience in the healthcare field both in the nonprofit and for profit sectors, having worked for 10 years in senior management for the Baptist Health System and also years of experience in healthcare consulting around strategic planning, program development and large project management. In addition to running VIM, Corrigan also chaired the NE Florida Uninsured Work Group, which is a coalition of all the health safety net providers in the community. The work of that group has improved communication and collaboration between the safety net clinics and has made strides in the more efficient leveraging and utilization of joint resources.

More than 60% of all the services that Sulzbacher provides are health services. During its 24-year history, Sulzbacher’s capacity to provide quality health care has consistently grown. In 2001, Sulzbacher became a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and was the first Health Care for the Homeless designated facility in the region. In 2006, Sulzbacher opened a new state-of-the-art medical building, where primary health care, dental care, vision care, mental health counseling and substance abuse counseling could all be offered in one location. This was followed by a satellite clinic opening in Jacksonville Beach in 2008. Due to community need, Sulzbacher applied to be designated a Community-Based Health Center in 2017, allowing anyone in the community to receive healthcare, not only those who were homeless.

Sulzbacher’s array of health services also includes medical outreach teams, medical respite services, a school-based health clinic at Ribault High School, dental care at Community Health Outreach on Jacksonville’s Westside and a pediatric clinic at the new Sulzbacher Village for Women & Families. Last year, 7,694 patients were seen during 30,572 visits and made Sulzbacher their medical home for care.

“We are so thrilled to add a proven leader like Mary Pat to our team,” said Cindy Funkhouser, president and CEO of Sulzbacher. “With our health organization growing so rapidly, it is important to have someone with the breadth and depth of her knowledge taking a leadership role in the for profit and nonprofit health sectors.”