Congratulations to Dr. Bridget McCandless, the newly elected President/CEO of the Health Forward Foundation.
Dr. McCandless is a well-known physician who is a dedicated and well-informed community activist and leader on local, state and national health-related issues that affect the poor and underserved. Her professional resume is very impressive, having serving on many boards, committees, task forces in addition to caring for the medical needs of low income patients. Dr. McCandless has been the Medical and Executive Director of the Shared Care Free Clinic in Independence, Mo., since 2001. She is in constant motion and seems to be involved in everything important in our community.
She currently serves on the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee and was the former President of the Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City. She graduated from medical school in 1992 from the University of Missouri-Columbia and received her MBA in Health Care Leadership from Rockhurst University in 2007.
Dr. McCandless was a member of the founding Health Forward board (from 2003-2008) and served as the second chair of the Health Forward Program and Grants Committee. As a founding board member, she helped establish the Health Forward funding priorities, grant guidelines, grant review process and played a big role in helping us establish the foundation culture for transparency and ethical practices.
Dr. McCandless will begin her role as President/CEO on Sept. 3, and I will do everything in my power to make the transition seamless. She inherits an outstanding group of associates that I have grown to love and respect. She also inherits an outstanding board of directors lead by Board Chair Dr. Karen Cox who along with board Vice Chair Dr. Kenny Southwick (who lead the Health Forward President/CEO search process) provide outstanding leadership and governance for our foundation.
While I am very proud of what the foundation has accomplished in the last nine years, I firmly believe that Health Forward’s best years are still ahead of us!
With my wife Judi retiring from the UMKC School of Nursing in August, our family is going through a transition like no other in our 39 years of marriage. I am excited about the future and thank my wife, children and their families for their love and patience over the years. I firmly believe that our best years are still of ahead of us!