Section: TPCA & Beyond, December 2017
CEO Kathy Wood-Dobbins to Retire in 2018
Kathy Wood-Dobbins, TPCA’s CEO, has announced to the TPCA board of directors that she will retire from her position in June 2018, bringing to a close an extraordinary career of leadership with the Association spanning 27 years.

A tireless advocate for Community Health Centers, Wood-Dobbins has served as a national leader chairing the National Association of Community Health Centers' Leadership Committee for primary care associations and serving on numerous state and federal committees and boards. She was a founding board member of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee and was named Association Executive of the Year by the Tennessee Society of Association Executives. The Association has grown to a staff of 20 and purchased an office building at 710 Spence Lane under her leadership.

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Thurman Receives National Award for Advocacy
Libby Thurman, TPCA’s director of health policy, was the 2017 recipient of the Henry Fiumelli Patient Advocate Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers. The award recognizes an individual for his or her “commitment to improving the care and quality of life for health center patients.”
USAC Announces Open Filing Window for Subsidized Broadband
The FCC/USAC Rural Healthcare Program has an upcoming “filing window period” for new or existing health care facilities to access a 65 percent federal subsidy on broadband connections. TPCA is transitioning its current Consortium participants to a new Consortium, but others can also join during this time period (early 2018). Please contact Larry Jones, telehealth coordinator, at 615.425.5857 or for more information.