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News release, April 23, 2021

Brigitte McDonald named Board Chair
for Community Health Centers of Arkansas

LaShannon Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, CHCA
501.517.0842, lspencer@chc
Seth Blomeley, Communications and Policy Director, CHCA

The state's most-tenured executive at a member Community Health Center will lead the board for the state's CHC association starting May 1.

Brigitte McDonald was named Chair by the Board of Directors of the Community Health Centers of Arkansas during its monthly meeting this week. She has served as Chief Executive Officer at 1st Choice Healthcare since 1997.

"I'm very passionate about all the services CHCs provide and the communities we get to help," McDonald said. "We're making a difference in people's lives."

One of McDonald's goals is for CHCs to continue building community partnerships with multiple organizations to improve the health of all Arkansans.

McDonald began her career in health care at the former hospital in Corning. After it closed, community leaders established 1st Choice Healthcare, and McDonald became chief financial officer. After a few years, she was promoted to CEO. She previously served as CHCA Board Chair from 2005 to 2009.

1st Choice is based in Corning with additional locations in Ash Flat, Pocahontas, Salem, Paragould, and Walnut Ridge.

McDonald will replace current CHCA Board Chair Allan Nichols, CEO of Mainline Health Systems in southeast Arkansas. His term as chair expires April 30.

About: CHCs are non-profit entities fueled by patient revenue and federal grants meant to expand health care access for low-income, minority, and rural populations. CHCs provide many services including primary care, dental, behavioral health, and health education.

Altogether, 12 CHCs in Arkansas (including 10 member CHCA organizations) serve more than 240,000 people a year at more than 140 sites. Nationally, nearly 1,400 CHCs serve 30 million patients a year.

For more information on Community Health Centers in Arkansas, please visit: and the 2021 'Your Community, Your Health' publication profiling each CHC. 



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