George Miller, who has led CommUnityCare and its network of health clinics since 2013, has announced his resignation.
CommUnityCare is affiliated with Central Health, Travis County’s public hospital district, and is the largest community health center system in Travis County.
Miller’s resignation announcement comes a week after the founding CEO and president of Central Health, Patricia Young Brown, said she would resign at the end of the year to pursue other interests.
CommUnityCare provides primary care, pediatrics, women’s services, HIV care, behavioral health services, dental care, nutrition counseling, and clinical pharmacy services to needy and underinsured patients.
CommUnityCare has grown to serve nearly 91,000 patients, up from 66,000 three years ago when Miller was hired.
“One of the most challenging things in life is to know when to say goodbye and move on to new opportunities,” said Miller, in a press release. “I have decided now is the time to step aside and make way for new leadership to continue the work of guiding CommUnityCare’s work to create a stronger network of value-based care for those who need our services.”
Miller came to CommUnityCare in 2013 from Okmulgee Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma, where he served as chief executive officer. Miller told the CommUnityCare Board of Directors and staff he plans to return to his home state of Ohio, where his three children live.
Miller’s last day will be February 7, 2017, per his contract, which calls for him to give 120 days’ notice of his resignation. “However, I wish to step down as the CEO now so that the Board can begin the recruitment process,” Miller stated in his letter of resignation.
CommUnityCare’s Chief Financial Officer, Carolyn Konecny, will serve as acting CEO and provide day-to-day oversight of the agency until a replacement is hired.
Though Miller is moving back to Ohio immediately, he will be flying back to Austin for speaking engagements and other public appearances, a CommUnity Care spokeswoman said.