OHIO VALLEY — Mark Bridenbaugh, Chief Executive Officer of Hopewell Health Centers and board member of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC), was recently recognized for his outstanding leadership with community health centers in Ohio.
Bridenbaugh was awarded the Dolores J. Lindsay Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership. Randy Runyon, President and CEO of OACHC, made the presentation with these remarks, “Mark Bridenbaugh has been a brilliant leader, both for his service to his home health center, Hopewell Health Center as well as for our state association. He is a great innovator in the provision of health and behavioral health care for the residents his region and an respected colleague for his willingness to give advice and support to fellow health center CEO’s.”
The association bestows this award annually to a community health center executive who has made significant contributions to the community health center movement in Ohio. In 1967, Dolores J. Lindsay founded the first Health Center in Ohio — The HealthCare Connection (formerly the Lincoln Heights Health Center) located in in Cincinnati, Ohio. Under her management, The HealthCare Connection (started in a four-bedroom apartment in Lincoln Heights) grew to include both medical and dental services and opened two new stand-alone centers in Mt. Healthy and Forest Park. Mrs. Lindsay also led the charge for increasing services to those with behavioral health and medical co-morbidities through partnering with three local behavioral health agencies to open five co-located health centers.
Today, Ohio’s Community Health Center Organizations manage over 280 locations across the state. In 2015, Community Health Centers provided care to over 623,000 Ohioans and recorded over 2.1 million patient visits. Providing care to the uninsured and underinsured, Community Health Centers have become the largest health care system in the nation, and are considered the highest rated program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Like Lindsay, Bridenbaugh has had an illustrious career as a healthcare administrator in Ohio. A native of Ross County, he began employment at P.R.A.V. Health Services, Inc. upon graduation from high school in 1988. Mr. Bridenbaugh saw the health center grow through the years and undergo several name changes including Family Healthcare, then on to Hopewell Health Centers which is the organization’s current name. He has held various positions within the agency, including Chief Financial Officer, before becoming CEO in 2000.
Under Bridenbaugh’s leadership, Hopewell Health Centers has grown from an agency with three sites providing primary health care services to a large organization with 16 sites providing primary care, dental health, behavioral health, WIC, school-based health/behavioral health services, and early childhood development services to 30,000 residents of eight counties in Southeast Ohio (Athens, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Perry, Ross, Vinton, and Washington).