The Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) Board of Directors has appointed Barrett Hatches, Ph.D. as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Mr. Hatches will manage an operating budget of more than $20 million and oversee more than 200 staff members including physicians, dentists, administrative, clinical and support staff across five health center sites. Mr. Hatches will join CFHC on February 10, 2014.
Mr. Hatches will oversee the expansion of services at CFHC resulting from a new state-of-the-art healthcare facility in Pullman, and the recent Affordable Care Act opportunities which include expansion of Medicaid and enrollment in the health insurance marketplace.
“I am looking forward to becoming a part of the great history that this organization has built,” said Mr. Hatches. “I started my professional career in Chicago and now have the opportunity to bring the knowledge and expertise I’ve gained over the years to a place where service is the main focus.”
Prior to joining CFHC, Mr. Hatches served as president and founder of WillCo Management Group LLC in Kansas City, MO developing solutions that enhance communications, interactions and integration of energy in the utility industry. He also served as Executive Consultant for Hatches Consulting, LLC in Kansas City, MO where he helped clients harness leading strategic solutions to ensure organizational success. Mr. Hatches also served as President and Principal Owner of BHMM Energy Services in Indianapolis, IN.
Mr. Hatches has extensive experience in community health having served as CEO and Chief Operating Officer at Swope Community Enterprises for almost a decade. Like CFHC, Swope Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the greater Kansas City area providing primary health, outreach and behavioral health to the underserved living below the poverty level.
“My immediate focus at Chicago Family Health Center will be to spend time with the Board, leadership team, all the employees and key community stakeholders. I want to make sure there is a very smooth transition as we identify the top priorities for the organization moving forward,” added Mr. Hatches.
“We are excited to welcome Barrett Hatches to CFHC as we continue to build our capacity and improve our delivery of care,” said Nick Valadez, Chairman of the CFHC Board of Directors. “CFHC’s reach has grown to meet the needs of thousands who rely on us for quality access to healthcare. As we enter this latest phase of expansion and new leadership we anticipate Mr. Hatches’ strategic business and community health savvy will help drive our momentum even further.”
Mr. Hatches received his Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Jackson MS, an M.A. in business from Webster University in Kansas City, MO and his B.A. in Political Science also from Jackson State University in Jackson MS.