HealthNet’s board of directors has named Rick Diaz president and chief executive officer. He previously served as the company’s chief operations officer. Diaz succeeds J. Cornelius Brown, who retired in September after four years at the helm of the state’s largest federally qualified health center. Diaz has more than 20 years of experience in health care management. Prior to his work with HealthNet, he served for seven years as vice president of operations for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation. Diaz also served as the clinic manager/administrator for Warren Clinic, a primary care practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also served as a Department Head for an Allied Health Program at Community Care College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A Marine Corps veteran, Diaz has a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from American Intercontinental University and a master’s degree in business administration from Ashford University. HealthNet provides care annually to more than 59,200 uninsured and underinsured patients in Marion County and beyond through its growing network of 13 primary care health centers and several outreach programs.

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