The Anthony L. Jordan Health Center has named Dental Director Janice Harbin Joseph as interim CEO.
Joseph is slated to begin in the position Nov. 1, Chairman Buddhi Shrestha said Monday. The federally qualified clinic’s board plans to commence shortly a local and regional search for a permanent replacement to CEO Bridgette Wiefling M.D.
Joseph, who joined Jordan this year, previously headed the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion’s Adult Dental Department and before that served as dental director for Detroit Health Care for the Homeless. She also has worked as a community organizer in southwest Michigan.
Federally qualified health centers are non-profits chartered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide medical and dental care to the poor.
“As a health care professional well-acquainted with the role federally qualified health centers play in the community, I am honored to have this opportunity,” Joseph said. “I look forward to continuing the great work of the center with Jordan’s board and staff during this transition period.”
Wiefling, who headed the Jordan clinic for the past seven years, is widely credited with putting the facility on solid footing and with stabilizing West Side Health Services Inc., a Rochester federally qualified clinic that consolidated operations with Jordan last year.
Wiefling formally tendered her resignation last week after previously advising Jordan’s board and staff in a September memo that she had taken a job with Rochester General Health System as vice president of clinical innovation.
“Dr. Wiefling turned Jordan Health Center around and we are all happy for her new opportunity. We are very pleased that Dr. Harbin Joseph has agreed to accept the position of Jordan’s interim CEO and we expect to stay the course,” Shrestha said.
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