Lafayette Health Center Leader to Retire

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A national search is beginning for a new chief executive officer of a Lafayette health organization. Veronique LeBlanc is retiring as CEO of Riggs Community Health Center. She helped the operation launch three new sites and implement an electronic health record system. November 7, 2013

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Lafayette, Ind. - November 7, 2013 - Veronique LeBlanc, the president and chief executive officer who presided over successful expansions of Riggs Community Health Center, will retire from the organization effective May 6, 2014.

"I have accomplished the work I set out to do, and I believe it is the right time for the organization to transition to a new leader," said LeBlanc. "It has been my distinct privilege to be part of Riggs Community Health Center for nearly 14 years."

"I want to thank the board of directors and all our dedicated employees for what has been a tremendous honor and experience," she said. "I am humbled by their service, and I am proud of what we accomplished together. Riggs Community Health Center is a wonderful community resource with a strong legacy and a bright future. And most important, it provides quality healthcare to thousands of people."

Board chair Linda Ketterer confirmed that LeBlanc should be proud of her tenure with the center. "The board could not ask for more than what Veronique gave to the Center," Ketterer said. "She lived our mission and gave her best every day. Our board of directors truly wishes she would stay on with the center, but she feels next May is the time to retire."

Under LeBlanc's leadership, Riggs Community Health Center established three new sites, the latest the $4.3 million renovation and opening of its South Street site. With the center's increased service capacity, it is projected it will care for nearly 24,000 patients by the year 2018. In 2012, it served 11,946 patients in 40,457 visits.

LeBlanc also launched the family medicine residency program, implemented an electronic health record system and brought integrated behavioral health services to Riggs Community Health Center. Under her leadership, the center is now in the final review stages on its path to achieve designation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home through the National Council on Quality Assurance.

"Veronique LeBlanc has served our organization and community health centers in our state most admirably," Ketterer said. "She shares the same passion that our founder, Dr. Wendell Riggs, has for providing healthcare to underserved people. We wish her all the best in retirement."

The board is immediately beginning a nationwide search for LeBlanc's successor. Source: Riggs Community Health Center