HealthNet President/CEO Announces Plans to Retire This Fall


HealthNet President / CEO Jimmy BrownHealthNet President/CEO Jimmy Brown today announced his plans to retire after four years of remarkable service with HealthNet. He will continue to serve until September 30, 2016.

Jimmy, 65, began his work with HealthNet in 2012 as President/CEO. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from seven locations and a budget of $45 million annually into a thriving network of nine primary care centers, three specialty care centers, five dental centers, seven school-based clinics and several outreach programs and an annual budget of $66 million. 

Service growth under Jimmy’s leadership has included the addition of West Health Center and its women’s health expansion; Northeast Health Center; Northwest Health Center; the HealthNet Pediatric Evening Clinic; the HealthNet Pediatric Dental Clinic; the Homeless Initiative Program Health Center; and the upcoming expansion of Martindale-Brightwood Health Center. The number of patients served has grown 20 percent, to nearly 60,000 a year. 

Jimmy is only the third President & CEO in HealthNet’s 48-year history. His leadership has led to all-time high scores in patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction, significant financial improvement, improved clinical results and major facility upgrades. 

HealthNet has garnered numerous recognitions under Jimmy’s leadership, including two successful Joint Commission site visits; being the first in Indiana and among 30 organizations in the U.S. to earn the Joint Commission’s Primary Care Medical Home Accreditation; being among the top 10 percent of Federally Qualified Health Centers nationwide to earn a perfect score during a HRSA Site Review; and receiving a HIMSS Davies Award for using health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes.

Succession planning has been an ongoing strategic priority of HealthNet’s Board of Directors. The Board plans to form a search committee and begin a national search in June. A successor is expected to be selected by fall 2016 to work with Jimmy, the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition. 

 “This is an exciting time in HealthNet’s history, and we welcome the community’s input,” said HealthNet Chief Operating Officer Rick Diaz. “Our vision is to provide world class quality in community health care. As the state’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center and one of the largest in the U.S., we have the opportunity to lead at the local, state and national levels in advocating for the underserved and in finding innovative ways to improve health outcomes and reduce barriers to efficient, affordable health care. We look forward to continuing Jimmy’s legacy and setting a new standard for the delivery of compassionate health care and support services, regardless of someone’s ability to pay.”