Kenneth McGuire Succeeds Elizabeth Cassin as CEO
“Given the amazing growth and transformation that Elica has experienced under Elizabeth’s inspired leadership, we knew it wouldn’t be easy to find a successor, so we were very pleased when Ken accepted our offer to assume the mantle of CEO,” said Sr. Clare Dalton, Vice President of Mission Integration for Mercy General, who chairs the Elica board of directors and led the ad hoc committee that conducted the year-long national search to fill the position. The issue of leadership transition has been part of the broader process of sustainability planning in which the Board of Directors has been engaged over the past two years.
Mr. McGuire, who has been a volunteer member of the Elica Health Centers board for years, has an impressive background working for the past 30 in fiancé and in the healthcare arena. His resume includes services as CEO of several large healthcare organizations, the largest of which had $250 million in revenue, 27 facilities and more than 3,000 employees.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to help Elica Health Centers implement the ambitious strategic plan that was recently set forth by the Board of Directors, which will fundamentally redefine the organization over the next five years,” stated Mr. McGuire, who added, “I’m honored to be assuming the leadership role from Elizabeth Cassin, who has done an incredible job over the past 19 years of building Elica into one of the preeminent federally qualified health centers (FQHC) serving the region’s underserved and vulnerable populations. “These are hard shoes to fill”.
Since receiving its FQHC designation in 2012, Elica’s growth trajectory has been remarkable, as the numbers reflect – there has been an expansion of clinic sites from two to eight, with several more to be added by year’s end; annual revenue has grown from just over $1 million to a projected $18.5 million; and annual patient visits have increased from 10,000 to 75,000 or more. There has also been programmatic growth.
One of Cassin’s major goals during the past five years was to give structure to Elica’s long-standing tradition of delivering care in non-traditional settings to populations who are hard to reach and experience multiple barriers to accessing care, such as lack of transportation or housing, the presence of mental health problems, or differences in language and culture. To satisfy this goal, Cassin created the Wellness Outside Walls (WOW) initiative, which includes both the Health on Wheels (HOW) mobile clinic and Street Medicine programs. Through these activities, Elica delivers care to schools with high numbers of disadvantaged students, homeless shelters, migrant farm worker camps, churches, and the unsheltered living on the streets, under highways, and on river banks.
“The Board led process to find a new CEO has been a remarkable two-year journey that took us far afield, only to find the most suitable candidate in our own back yard. I honestly believe Ken is the right person to implement the board’s vision for Elica, and with the support of our amazing team, he will take the organization to new levels of success,” said Cassin, who will step down as CEO effective June 30, 2017, but will continue to work on special projects, as needed.
Mr. McGuire’s tenure as CEO began on July 1, 2017.