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Community Care Center Board of Directors names new executive director

WINSTON-SALEM — The board of directors of Community Care Center has announced the appointment of Timothy J. Clontz as its new executive director effective Jan. 1, 2021. Clontz succeeds Jim Robinson, who is retiring after co-founding and leading the agency for the past 20 years.

Most recently, Clontz served as director of business development for Duke University Health System. This followed a long career with Cone Health where his last position was senior vice president of healthy communities, transitional care and support Services. He has experience in clinical and non-clinical operations and has maintained a focus on the underserved throughout his career in health care management. He is a fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the board of NC PACE, a statewide organization that represents Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). PACE provides comprehensive health care and services for the elderly who are eligible for skilled care but wish to live independently.

Tim Clontz

Robinson and Drs. Ernesto de la Torre and William Satterwhite Jr. founded the clinic in 2000 with a staff of volunteers, including physicians who wanted to give back to the community. Novant Health provided a large medical facility for the clinic’s use and Community Care Center grew to become the largest free clinic in N.C. and one of the largest in the country.

“Over the past 20 years, Jim has deftly guided the Community Care Center through extensive changes in healthcare rules and regulations as well as significant growth in the population who need our services. His dedication is the inspiration for the 10,000+ hours of volunteer work that makes the Community Care Center thrive,” said Board Chair Lucinda Jones.

Jim Robinson

Robinson, who announced his retirement earlier this year, said “It has been my privilege to be part of an amazing organization that has positively affected the lives of so many. I am grateful to our donors and funders who have kept us going over the years and to the many volunteers who have served our patients with the best of care. Tim will inherit an organization with dedicated staff, broad community support, and strong finances.” Robinson will work with Clontz during the early transition of leadership.

“Becoming the director of Community Care Center is a natural blend of my professional experience, passion for enhancing access for the underserved, and spiritual beliefs. My career in leadership in the healthcare industry has been very rewarding,” said Clontz. “While I began my career in operational and executive positions within acute care hospitals, much of the last two decades has been dedicated to the development of ambulatory services, community-based clinics and services for the underserved and elderly.”

Clontz, who lives in Summerfield, will begin work at the Community Care Center in January.