Central Health CEO Patricia Young Brown to retire: 5 things to know

Austin, Texas-based Central Health President and CEO Patricia Young Brown plans to retire at the end of the year. Ms. Brown was named to lead Central Health when it was established in 2005.

Here are five things to know:

1. Central Health was established after voters approved the creation of a healthcare district for Travis County, focused on providing access to care for low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents.

2. Prior to Central Health's creation, Ms. Young Brown served as CEO of the City of Austin Community Care Services Department. The department's programs and services were transferred to Central Health.

3. During Ms. Young Brown's tenure, Central Health funded twice as many primary care visits in 2015 as compared to 2005.  

4. She created the Psychiatric Stakeholders Group in 2005, a community collaboration focused on increasing and improving behavioral health services.

5. Central Health will launch a national search for its next president and CEO.

"I've enjoyed a long and satisfying career working to significantly expand, improve and secure for the future the Austin/Travis County safety-net health care system. In 2005, we embarked upon a journey to transform healthcare for the entire community, but particularly our uninsured and underinsured residents. While the journey continues, it is time for me to start a new life chapter and fully pursue the places where my heart is leading me," said Ms. Young Brown in a statement.

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