Centuries ago, a philosopher observed that there is nothing permanent except change. That has certainly been true at AFC. Some changes were made of necessity: integrating telehealth, for example, when COVID entered our lives. Some changes have been motivated by our aspirations as we have transformed from a provider of medical care to a provider of comprehensive whole-person healthcare. Indeed, over the last eight years, we have steadily deepened the care we provide to encompass more comprehensive disease management, mental and behavioral health support, dental care, and, most recently, expanded vision and hearing care. I could not be prouder of AFC, our staff, and our work.
Now, as many of you have already heard, we are preparing for another change, this one personal. After much consideration, I have decided that the time has come for me to retire, stepping down as AFC’s leader within the next year. Our Board of Directors has graciously accepted my decision and has formed a search committee to identify and hire my successor.
This was not an easy decision. Leading AFC has been perhaps the most rewarding experience of my career. But the time is right for me to enter my next chapter of my life, even as AFC enters its own new chapter. We have a new strategic plan in place (follow the QR code on page 4 to read it), an incredibly strong team, and a wonderful community of supporters like you. And I have immense confidence that AFC will continue to do more and more to build a healthy community and advance health equity in Arlington.
As mentioned, my departure is not imminent (it will most likely be in early 2024), and I look forward to connecting with many of you individually over the weeks and months to come. Perhaps you will join me for a toast at this year’s gala.