August 1, 2002

NEMO Health Council Director Stepping Down To Take Position In Springfield

Mary Pilant, chair of the Advocates for a Healthy Community Board of Directors, announced the selection of Brooks Miller as executive director of the newly established Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Springfield. "It was important for us to identify an experienced director to establish and lead our program," stated Pilant. "We were determined to recruit an individual who would strive to develop a quality program of care for our community. Mr. Miller has the experience to carry out the objectives of our new program and will provide strong leadership for our organization."

For the past 14 years, Miller has served as the executive director of the Northeast Missouri Health Council, Inc., in Kirksville. In addition to building the Health Council's extensive program of care throughout northeast Missouri, Miller is active at both the state and federal levels in addressing healthcare issues related to the provision of health and dental services for the underserved.

Miller said that he is excited about the opportunity to develop a new FQHC in the Springfield area. "This will be a dynamic and much-needed healthcare program for the community," Miller stated. "The high energy and excitement of the Healthy Community's Board of Directors and the commitment of those representing established programs within the community lead me to believe this is an outstanding opportunity."

John Heard, Ph.D., member of the Northeast Missouri Health Council's Board of Directors, said that Miller has submitted his resignation to the board. "Brooks Miller has timelessly served our program with distinction and with tremendous dedication and concern for the people we serve," Heard stated. "During the past 14 years, the Health Council's programs and services have grown substantially under his leadership. The Health Council's Board members, healthcare providers and staff are grateful for his efforts and wish him well with his new endeavor." Heard said that Jan Slayton, Health Council Director of Finance, will serve as interim executive director until a full-time replacement is employed.

The Northeast Missouri Health Council, Inc., (a not-for-profit corporation), headquartered in Kirksville, is one of over 900 Federally Qualified Community Health Centers which provides healthcare to over 10 million patients through a network of some 2,500 clinics in the United States.

The Health Council operates the Northeast Missouri Family Health Clinics in Kirksville, Edina, Memphis, Milan and Mercer. The Council also operates the Northeast Missouri Women's and Family Health Clinic, Northeast Missouri Pediatrics, the Northeast Missouri Dental Clinic, the Kirksville Veterans Clinic, the Adair County WIC Program, the Women's Care Connection, and the OB/GYN Specialty Group, all located in Kirksville.

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