FQHC National Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Penella Washington

Update: In April of 2021, Ms. Washington retired from her role at Advance Community Health – our team at UnitedHealthcare is incredibly grateful for her many contributions over the years and all of the work she did to help the individuals and communities she served. Ms. Washington has made a lasting impact on so many - in the weeks before her retirement, she was inducted by Governor Cooper into the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine , she received the CEO Impact Award from the North Carolina Community Health Center Association and the Advance Community Health Board of Trustees dedicated their anchor Medical Office Building to her with a ceremony taking place post-COVID. Congratulations on your retirement, Ms. Washington!

Penella Washington is a healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience as an administrator, consultant and planner for community health centers, primary care practices, HMOs and rural hospitals.

Currently, Ms. Washington serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Advance Community Health, formerly Wake Health Services, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Washington has been the recipient of the Triangle Business Journal Women in Business Award for Nonprofit Leadership and their Champion of Health Award as well as the YWCA’s Academy of Women Award in Health and Human Services.

For over three years, Ms. Washington has been a valuable member of the UnitedHealthcare FQHC National Advisory Board (FQHC Board) providing firsthand learnings about the unique issues and challenges that FQHCs face on a day to day basis.

When asked what value the FQHC Board has brought to Advance Community Health, Ms. Washington replied, “North Carolina has not moved to Medicaid Managed Care, and thus has not been able to fully realize the collaborative relationship that exists under the MMC model – the Advisory Board makes this collaboration possible.”

Ms. Washington believes the collaboration between the FQHC Board members and UnitedHealthcare is a critical component that allows both parties to provide the best care possible to both the members and communities they serve.  

Learn more about the FQHC National Advisory Board or Advance Community Health Center

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