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Healthcare Network CEO Dr. Emily Ptaszek announces her departure

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December 15, 2021 –
Health network, a federally accredited health center (FQHC) that works to ensure that primary medical care is available to everyone in our community, Dr. Emily Ptaszek, President and CEO, informed the council today of his decision to step down from his post, which will take place in early spring 2022. Ptaszek is stepping down to become president and CEO of a large FQHC in Colorado, serving approximately 100,000 patients per year. The board will work with a national executive search firm to advise potential CEO candidates.

“It was a difficult decision as I leave behind a strong and talented management team, a board of directors with great expertise and a dedicated, patient-centered staff,” said Ptaszek. “I am grateful for the many life-changing relationships I have built here at the Healthcare Network and in our community. I have complete confidence in the leadership team and the board and know the organization is poised for not only great success but also great impact. Being CEO has been a huge privilege and has taught me that serving the mission of the health center is at the heart of my personal and professional values.

Ptaszek joined Healthcare Network in 2013 as the Chief Psychologist responsible for developing the organization’s integrated behavioral health care program and subsequently served as Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. In 2019, she was appointed President and CEO. With an MBA and a PhD in Psychology, Ptaszek has built a reputation as a highly collaborative leader within the organization and throughout the community.

“I know this was a tough decision for Emily and the board is sad to see her go. At the same time, we are very grateful for his significant contributions to the organization and to the community over the past eight years, ”said Haris Domond, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Healthcare Network. “Under Emily’s leadership, we have built a solid foundation for our future growth, including strengthening our team, improving our operations and establishing vital community collaborations that have broadened our reach to those in need and to us. have helped successfully navigate the pandemic. Thanks to Emily’s transformational leadership, the Healthcare Network will continue to thrive for many years to come.

About the health network

Healthcare Network is committed to ensuring that quality healthcare is available to everyone in our community, regardless of income or insurance status. Founded in 1977 to serve migrant farm workers and their families at Immokalee, Healthcare Network now provides care to approximately 50,000 patients per year at practices in Collier County, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® and Health and Smiles Mobile units. The health care network provides primary health care services, including family care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, elderly care and pharmacy, as well as dental care and integrated behavioral health for adults and children. The organization’s newest location, the Nichols Community Health Center, is a 51,000 square foot primary care medical center in Golden Gate. For more information visit, or to make an appointment, please call 239-658-3000.

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