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Kenosha Community Health Center CEO resigns
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Kenosha Community Health Center CEO resigns

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After a tenure of just over eight months, Brent Rafferty, chief executive officer of the Kenosha Community Health Center, has resigned.

Rafferty cited personal reasons for his departure, according to a news release issued Tuesday by KCHC board of directors President Joe Clark.

Alan Marshall, KCHC’s chief operating officer, has assumed the role as interim CEO.

Marshall has been the center’s chief operating officer since July 2016. Previously, he worked with Family Health Center of Marshfield Inc., a large federally qualified community health center.

Rafferty assumed leadership of the KCHC on Aug. 1, 2017.

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His predecessor, Mary Coffey, served in that position for a little more than three years. During that time Coffey was criticized for a large layoff of dental hygienists and concerns raised about the KCHC were taken up with members of the Kenosha City Council.

On March 30, KCHC appointed a new board of directors, naming Clark, a former Kenosha County Board supervisor and a founding partner of accounting firm Tirabassi, Felland & Clark LLC, as president. Clark has previously acted as KCHC board treasurer and finance chairman.

The community health center provides health care, dental care, pharmaceutical and behavioral health services to low-income and uninsured patients. KCHC serves more than 21,000 patients and is the fourth largest federally qualified health center in Wisconsin.

In an interview with the editorial board of the Kenosha News on April 5, Rafferty said he was working to address the organization’s revenue cycle and looking forward to creating “a new role in understanding our relationships in the community.”

In a phone interview on Tuesday, Marshall related that Rafferty had made the announcement of his resignation Monday in a meeting with the board of directors.

Clark was not available for comment by press time.

According to the news release, the board has begun the search for a new executive director.

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