Nominee: Guy Simmons
Organization: Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
“As Chair of the Board of Directors, Guy Simmons exudes the mission of community health centers,” writes Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center Chief Executive Officer Kim Schwartz.
Simmons has over 20 years of experience as a health center board member and offers his extensive expertise generously. He uses every opportunity, intersection, event, relationship, visit, and person in his life to advocate for access to health care. He will often, at his own expense, travel many hours to Raleigh, Washington DC, or to one of the five counties served by RCCHC to attend a meeting that could have a benefit for their patients, staff, and health centers in general. As a steadfast advocate Simmons has even drafted a proposal to offer military veterans with health care experience, particularly medical practitioners, a tax code change as an incentive to continue serving in health center.
“Service as a CEO of a rural [health center] with a highly vulnerable population is challenging, but, having someone like Guy literally walking beside me and encouraging us all is the greatest gift,” writes Schwartz. “Guy is a tireless advocate for [health centers] and frankly to anyone who can’t advocate for themselves.”
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