Sonoma Valley Community Health Center starts construction, names COO

Construction has begun on Sonoma Valley Community Health Center’s new home which will be located at 19270 Sonoma Highway.

It also named Julie Vlasis as chief operating officer.

“This is an exciting time for our Community Health Center,” said Cheryl Johnson, the health center’s CEO. “Our permits have been pulled and, after years of preparation, construction on the new Health Center has finally started. We plan to have a formal ground breaking ceremony in January. On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to personally thank everyone who has played a role in this project's success. We could not have done this without the help of so many people. I am also very grateful for the outpouring of support from all of our very generous donors.”

Johnson said the health center will launch a number of significant operating initiatives in 2014 including a major upgrade to its electronic health records (EHR) system and said Vlasis brings significant technical and executive experience to the management team of the health center to help with these projects.

Vlasis brings 20 years of extensive experience with Federally Qualified Health Centers such as SVCHC, and executive management experience in the areas of revenue cycle management, compliance with rapidly changing and increasingly complex regulations, electronic health record implementation and management, patient centered medical home implementation, and hands on staff training program development. Johnson said those areas are critical to the future success of SVCHC.

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