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Lancaster Health Center CEO to retire

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Dr. Hilda Shirk, president and CEO of Lancaster Health Center for seven years, is retiring in June.
Dr. Hilda Shirk, president and CEO of Lancaster Health Center for seven years, is retiring in June. - (Photo / )

Dr. Hilda Shirk will be retiring from Lancaster Health Center after seven years as its president and CEO.

Under Shirk’s leadership, the organization doubled its operating budget from $9 million to $18 million, grew its staff and expanded its examination rooms from 56 to 79. The center now employs 200 people at five sites across the city.

“Hilda’s leadership over the past seven years has allowed us to more completely fulfill our mission of delivering high-quality and compassionate health care to all,” David Kreider, Lancaster Health Center’s board chair, said in a press release.

Before joining the center, Shirk worked as an administrative consultant for nonprofit agencies. She also has worked as a program administrator for Mennonite Health Services and project manager for the Lancaster County Partnership for Public Health. And she was president and CEO of Family Service Partners in York, for 16 years.

“My time with Lancaster Health Center has been a true gift,” Shirk said. “We have a compelling mission and dedicated and skilled staff. It has been a CEO’s dream- plenty of opportunity to make a difference but surrounded by people driven to improve patient care and to fill an essential community need.”

Before her departure in June, the center plans to gather feedback from the community to find the best fit for leadership.

“This role has such an impact on so many different people in our community,” said Nicole Specht, the center’s director of communications. “It’s important to our employees, patients and the folks who partner with us in the community to have some input into the person who is leading such a rooted organization.”

In 2018 the center changed its name from SouthEast Lancaster Health Services to better reflect the services. The center recently unveiled its Project Lazarus on Wheels, a van that brings addiction resources directly to people in rural corners of Lancaster County.

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Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis covers health care and Lancaster County. Email him at ipashakis@cpbj.com.

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