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The Anthony L. Jordan Health Center board has made interim CEO Janice Harbin’s appointment permanent, Jordan Center officials said Thursday.
Harbin was named interim CEO last October after her predecessor left to take a job with Rochester General Health System.
After a yearlong national search for a permanent CEO, “the board agreed that Janice has done an exemplary job, over the last 12 months, strengthening internal processes and continuing to build and extend Jordan’s external partnerships, and positioning Jordan for the changes occurring in health care,” Chairman Buddhi Shrestha said.
Set up under a special section of the federal Medicaid program, federally qualified health centers such as Jordan are charged with providing medical and dental care for underserved and economically disadvantaged groups such as inner-city and rural poor, immigrants and migrant workers.
Operating on a $23 million budget and employing more than 280 staffers, the Jordan Center includes three Rochester clinics offering medical and dental care to Medicaid, underinsured and uninsured patients, a center for the federal Women Infants and Children nutrition program, and four medical and dental suites in public housing.
Previously head of the Jordan Center’s dental department, Harbin came to the federally qualified health center last year from Detroit where she had been head of the Motor City’s Adult Dental Department of Health and Wellness Promotion. She also did stints as dental director for Detroit Health Care for the Homeless and as a community organizer in Michigan.
“As a public health advocate, Dr. Harbin believes in Jordan’s mission. As a provider, she understands the needs of our patients, and as a leader she understands the vision and direction of our Health Center,” Shrestha said.
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