Section: People & Places in the News, February 2017
Heinzen Honored with Susan P. Smith Award
Mary Heinzen, CEO of Hardeman County Health Center, was the recipient of the 2016 Susan P. Smith Award. The award, voted on by TPCA staff, recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing health center programs and work toward strengthening the partnerships between health centers and Association staff.

Heinzen is pictured at right with HCHC staff members (left to right) Casandra Bufford, director of nursing; Linda Lovelace, CFO/COO; Heinzen; Denise Bond, practice manager; and Robert Davis Jr., program manager.

Dayspring CEO Accepted Into 2017 CHC Executive Fellows Program
(from the University of Kansas Medical Center)
Mark Watt, CEO of Dayspring Family Health Center, has been awarded a Community Health Center Executive Fellowship (CHCEF) for 2017. The CHCEF provides education and skill development in key areas of management competency and executive leadership. In addition to assisting existing health centers with succession planning, the fellowship also provides management resources for new centers.
Cherokee CEO Testifies Before U.S. Senate Subcommittee
Dennis Freeman, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Cherokee Health Systems, testified on February 15 before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to provide the committee with an overview of the country's mental healthcare system. The office of Sen. Roy Blunt (Missouri) invited Freeman; Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) is a majority member of the subcommittee. 

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Christ Community Names New CEO
(from the Memphis Business Journal)
The newest chief executive officer of Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) began at the organization nearly 20 years ago as an administrative assistant.

Shantelle Leatherwood is a native of South Memphis, a Central High School alum as well as graduate of Tennessee State University, with a B.S. in health care administration and planning, and the University of Missouri with a master of health administration degree.

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