Heartland Community Health Center would like to announce that on November 26, Julie Boden Schmidt joined the organization as interim CEO. Schmidt will provide strong leadership as the search to find the right person to lead Heartland on a long-term basis continues.

“There is no doubt that, during her time with us, Julie will have a meaningful impact on our organization and the community,” said COO and outgoing interim CEO, Allie Nicholson. “Julie is an experienced healthcare administrator with a long history of successful interim and transition work. She deeply understands business aspects unique to Federally Qualified Health Centers. We feel fortunate that Julie will be lending us her talent and expertise.”

Hailing from Washington state, Schmidt served at the National Association for Community Health Centers in the Washington, DC area for 8 years, leading their Training and Technical Assistance Department. Prior to that, she led a Federally Qualified Health Center in New York state that included 10 sites and 110 staff members. Schmidt has been in health center leadership since 1983.

For the past 8 months, Heartland COO Allie Nicholson has served as interim CEO. Under Nicholson, the organization continued to grow with new providers and care teams, resulting in expanded capacity for primary care service to the community. Upon Schmidt’s arrival, Nicholson resumed her focused COO work for the organization.

“The board is grateful for Allie Nicholson’s service during this transition period, and we continueto work to provide care to all who seek it,” said current Board Chair James Pavisian.

The Heartland Board of Directors continues its candidate search for a new, long-term CEO for the organization. More information will be shared when the search comes to a close.

Heartland Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center welcoming and serving all people in and around Douglas County with quality, affordable, and integrated healthcare, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Heartland offers primary care, psychiatry and behavioral health care, dental care, and physical therapy, along with a variety of wrap-around programs.