LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Riggs Community Health Center has named Bambi McQuade-Jones to be the next president and chief executive officer.
McQuade-Jones, a doctor of nursing practice, will begin her post on Sept. 1, 2014. McQuade-Jones is leaving her current position as CEO and family nurse practitioner at the Boone County Community Clinic in Lebanon, Ind., a position she has held since 2003.
“The board of Riggs Community Health Center conducted an exhaustive search to find the best leader possible, and, coincidentally, she was just miles from here,” Linda Ketterer, chair of the Riggs board, told News 18 in a release. “We are impressed by her accomplishments at Boone County Community Clinic and fortunate to have a person with her qualifications to lead us. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the staff to serve those in our community who are uninsured or underserved.”
McQuade-Jones has been involved in health care since earning her bachelor’s degree in 1983 from Indiana University. She also holds a master’s from Indiana University and earned her doctorate in nursing practice from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.
She said she is a believer in community health centers.
“I accepted this position to further develop and showcase the importance that our community health centers in Indiana serve in creating health care that is accessible and affordable to all patients,” McQuade-Jones said in a release.
She referred to Riggs Community Health Center an “extremely important organization.”
“My goal is to grow the center to better fulfill the mission of caring for underserved patients in the community with comprehensive, evidence-based, compassionate care,” McQuade-Jones said. “Emphasizing the need to develop a team-based approach to care, while promoting community relationships that facilitate strength as an organization that benefits the community.”
Peter Nalin, M.D. will continue to serve as interim president and CEO until her arrival.