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Sarasota nonprofit medical agency for underserved names C-suite execs

  • By Mark Gordon
  • | 5:00 a.m. December 9, 2023
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Anna Ferguson and Alicia Ottmann
Anna Ferguson and Alicia Ottmann
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CenterPlace Health, a nonprofit that provides primary care, dental care and integrated behavioral health services for an at-risk, vulnerable, underserved and/or uninsured client base, has named a new COO and a new chief strategy and growth officer. 

Anna Ferguson, named COO, will be responsible for directing the business operations of seven clinics and programs, including the 340B pharmacy, vaccine program, lab services, call center and scheduling. She will take a lead role in building, implementing and overseeing all the organization’s systems, processes, workflows and procedures, according to a statement. 

Ferguson most recently served as chief operations and nursing officer for Camillus Health Concern Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the most vulnerable in Miami-Dade County, including those experiencing homelessness, the release states. She oversaw the health center’s day-to-day operations at three sites and developed medical and quality strategies to serve high-risk, low-resource populations.

Prior to her eight years at Camillus Health Concern, Ferguson held several roles in nursing leadership and informatics.

Alicia Ottmann, named chief strategy and growth officer, will be responsible for “developing and implementing high-level initiatives while ensuring that scalable business, technology, and people structures allow agility and responsiveness to organizational and community needs,” the release states. Ottmann has a decade of health care experience as a practicing physician assistant and leader of clinical operations and integrated care models. Ottmann most recently served as the executive director for the Healthcare District of Palm Beach County’s 10 ambulatory clinics and pharmacies, with more than 400 total team members. 

“It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Alicia and Anna to our executive leadership team,” CenterPlace Health CEO Kari Ellingstad says in the statement. “As individuals they are highly experienced in operating Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and as a team they strengthen our C-Suite to advance the mission of CenterPlace Health.”  

CenterPlace Health, Sarasota County’s only Federally Qualified Health Center, has seven locations in the county. It had $17.23 million in revenue in its most recent fiscal year, according to publicly filed tax documents. The mission of CenterPlace Health is to provide efficient and effective delivery of quality, affordable health services to a diverse population in a compassionate and caring manner.



Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Business Observer. He has worked for the Business Observer since 2005. He previously worked for newspapers and magazines in upstate New York, suburban Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

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