Walczak to Leave Health Center for Carney Hospital Presidency
January 13, 2011 Bill Walczak, who founded Codman Square Health Center 36 years ago and has served as its only CEO, will be replaced by current COO Sandra Cotterell when he becomes president of Carney Hospital in February, it was announced today.
Both the hospital and the nonprofit Codman Square Health Center
(CSHS), a community-based, outpatient health-care and multi-service center, are located in Dorcester.
During his tenure at CSHS, Walczak has served in numerous leadership roles in the states nonprofit sector, including founding president of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
, founding president of Codman Academy Charter School
, president of UMass/Boston Alumni Association, and a Barr Foundation
Walczak said he leaves the health center in a strong position as it begins this next chapter, with talented and effective leaders.
Sandra Cotterell has been an integral part of running our operations for years and, with a strong senior management team behind her, the Health Center will carry on and continue to develop new and innovative programs, he said.
Cotterell, who has been the health centers COO for 16 years, began her career in health-care by obtaining a bachelor of science in nursing and becoming a registered nurse. In 2007, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, an association of 52 health centers statewide, honored Sandra with the Outstanding Employee Award.
CSHCs comprehensive services for the residents of Dorcester include primary care, urgent care, dental care, eye care, behavioral health, public health, fiscal health, fitness/wellness programming and youth programming.
It serves 20,000 patients annually, 87% of whom live below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Recently, CSHC was awarded a $8-million Capital Development Program Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for a 36,000-square foot green expansion to the centers main building.
In addition to housing expanded clinical programs, the new space allows further development of the partnership between CSHC and the Codman Academy Charter School, which includes internships for students in the Health Center and training for students to be Health Ambassadors to their families and communities.
Carney Hospital is a member of Caritas Christi Health Care, the second largest health-care system in New England. The system was purchased last March by Cerberus Capital Management, LP. In that transaction, the six Caritas Christi hospitals were guaranteed to retain their Catholic identities.
Carney Hospital is a teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine.