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New leadership provides vision of Church Health Center's future

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The new President of the Church Health Center, Antony Sheehan, is a man with serious credentials and a vision to make the CHC a model for the world when it comes to health care. The new President of the Church Health Center, Antony Sheehan, is a man with serious credentials and a vision to make the CHC a model for the world when it comes to health care.
CHC founder Dr. Scott Morris recruited Sheehan. CHC founder Dr. Scott Morris recruited Sheehan.

(WMC-TV) - After 26 years, the Church Health Center recently added a new member to its leadership team.

The new President of the Church Health Center, Antony Sheehan, is a man with serious credentials and a vision to make the CHC a model for the world when it comes to health care.

"I'd like to think we're creating a wellness epidemic and Crosstown is going to be the epicenter of that," said Sheehan.

Sheehan has a clear vision of how the nonprofit health care provider will move into the future. He was most recently a fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, which is a think tank dedicated to improving health care.

He was also the Director General for England's Department of Health. He has high praise for the way the Church Health Center takes care of people.

"The model of primary care here is one of the best I've ever seen, and I used to run primary care services back in England," he said.

CHC founder Dr. Scott Morris recruited Sheehan.

"Well, I think Anthony has got three great talents: he's brilliant, he's humble, and he's hilarious," said Morris.

Morris also appreciates Sheehan's administrative expertise.

"One of our challenges is that many people still see the Church Health Center is a small clinic in the corner of Peabody [Avenue] in Bellevue, and we're much bigger than that now, much more than that in Memphis. But we truly are national, and you could even argue international organization to the point that we had to reach across the pond to get our President," said Morris.

In addition to lifting the CHC's image and managing the centers to the Crosstown Sears building, Sheehan also envisions the center expanding services people with behavioral health issues such as mental illness and addiction.

"There is clearly manifesting a need there, and we wouldn't be true to our word if we didn't match that need in some way," said Sheehan. "Our intent is to develop those kinds of services over time."

That is just a glimpse into the future of the Church Health Center.

"Anthony has come alongside me to help lead this organization down a path where I think everybody Memphis will say man I am so glad CHC was born here and yet it's reach is far beyond the banks of the Mississippi," said Morris.

Morris says he is not going anywhere. He is going to be doing what he's always done for the Church Health Center. He will always focused on the long term goals and vision for the health care provider.

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