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January Spotlight – Healthcare Session Advocate, Chrisie Mulcahey

Chrisie Mulcahey is a lot of things to a lot of people – executive director of Health Partners, Inc., graduate of the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2018 and advocate for the 2019 healthcare session, “grammy” to her grandchildren.  Mulcahey puts her heart and soul into each and every role and has a long list of accomplishments to show for it. 

Health Partners, Inc. provides primary health care and dental services for the under-insured and uninsured residents of Southern Maryland.  The organization has two locations in Charles County.  As executive director, Mulcahey supervises the day-to-day operations of both sites’ medical and dental clinics, grant program management, and program implementation of the clinic budget as approved by the board of directors.  Under her direction, Health Partners has made major strides including the transition from a “free clinic” to a “charitable clinic” in 2014, implementing a sliding fee scale and becoming credentialed with Medicaid and Medicare insurance.  Over the last several years, Health Partners has also expanded its staff from four to 15 employees and implemented medical and dental electronic health records.  In addition, Mulcahey oversaw the opening of the Nanjemoy location for primary health care in 2017, adding a dental suite at that clinic just last year.

All this has kept Mulcahey busy, to say the least, but she’s never forgotten the driving force behind her efforts: people.  “A large part of my job is establishing and maintaining positive relationships with government officials, patients, other health care providers, physicians, and the community at large,” she explained.  “I provide leadership, support and guidance to employees and volunteers.”  Mulcahey also serves as a member of several health-focused organizations to help further the reach of quality healthcare in the region.  These include Partnerships for a Healthier Charles County, Charles County Homeless and Emergency Shelter Committee, and Maryland Dental Action Coalition’s Policy Committee.

Despite so many demands on her time, Mulcahey went in search of a deeper connection with her community.  She found it through LSM.  “The LSM opportunity was just what I needed,” she said.  “The opportunity to learn more about my community, interact with other community leaders, and learn about industries outside of healthcare was amazing.  I left the program feeling inspired and empowered and made some great new friends.”

When Mulcahey completed LSM’s Executive Program, she wanted to maintain her connection with the organization.  She is a lead advocate for this year’s healthcare session, helping to plan the experience for the Class of 2019.  She’s also a member of the LSM Development Committee. 

In her spare time, you’ll find Mulcahey spending time with her grandchildren or heading to the beach to recharge.  “Nothing like warm sand, ocean breeze, and the sound of waves to clear your mind and soul,” Mulcahey said.