Nancy Bock has served on Erie’s Board of Directors for over two years. Since joining the board, Nancy has brought her experience in management and strategic direction to ensure that our health centers continue to meet – and exceed – our patients’ medical, dental, and behavioral health needs.
For Nancy, health care was always a prominent interest. She began her career working in marketing at Baxter International, leading sales initiatives for products like IV pumps. “It was an exciting time,” she said. “I got to meet with a variety of different people, attend learning opportunities. I always felt like I was on the edge of innovation.”
While she continued on her career path, Nancy became interested in HealthReach Clinic. Before Erie Family Health Center and HealthReach, Inc. merged to become Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center in Lake County, HealthReach provided free, quality medical services to underserved individuals in Lake County out of two locations – one in Mundelein, and one in Waukegan.
Nancy served on HealthReach’s board before becoming Executive Director in 2012. “HealthReach was really just the best of both worlds,” said Nancy. “The patients were just fantastic, and we always measured ourselves to the highest standards of care.”
However, with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, it soon became obvious that a large percentage of the patient population in Lake County were going to be insured. A free clinic was no longer necessary. After considering other federally qualified health centers with which to merge, Nancy Bock and her colleagues at HealthReach Clinic decided that Erie Family Health Center would make the best fit for their patients.
The two community health centers merged, and in July 2014 Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center opened its doors to Waukegan residents with the goal to provide increased care for Lake County’s medically underserved.
Nancy is now an active member of the finance and strategy subcommittees on Erie’s Board of Directors, and the discussions the subcommittee has are motivated by the community’s need for expanded services. “We talk a lot about how we need to get larger – not just for the sake of growth, but how we’re going to take care of our patients as we continue to grow. We need to look down the road and ask ourselves, ‘How will Medicaid change? How can we best position ourselves to take care of more people in a quality environment? Where can we make the most impact?’”
We are grateful to have Nancy on our board as Erie continues to grow, evolve, and expand. Her positive energy, counsel, and commitment to seeing our health centers flourish as a community resource not only inspire the rest of the Board, but Erie staff as well.
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