Health Partners Free Clinic appoints Deborah Miller as new executive director

TROY — Health Partners Free Clinic recently announced that Deborah Miller has been named the new executive director of the organization.

An experienced health care professional and nonprofit business leader, Miller will succeed Justin Coby and assume official responsibilities on Jan. 1, 2022. Coby departed the clinic in August of this year to pursue a new opportunity as director of Pharmacy at Cedar Care Village, a for-profit pharmacy owned by Cedarville University.

Miller brings more than 20 years of health care and non-profit leadership experience to Health Partners. After completing her degree with Edison State Community College, she began her career as a registered nurse at Upper Valley Medical Center. From there she went on to spend 12 years as founding director of Health Partners, establishing many of the community partnerships the clinic still relies on today.

“It’s inspiring what’s possible when we meld history with new perspective,” said Kara Foster, president and chair of Health Partners Board of Directors. “Many of our board and staff members worked with Deb in the early days and are excited to learn and grow through her leadership in this next phase.”

Since 2012, Miller has served as the executive director of the Charitable Healthcare Network, an organization focused on supporting 50 Ohio-based free clinics to help the most vulnerable overcome barriers to quality health care. Her passion for this work has delivered notable results which include increasing in the state budget for these non-profit clinics by $700,000 and instituting a National Model of Quality Assurance Standards.

“Deb has strong roots in this community. We’re eager to take advantage of her state level experience to enhance the clinic’s business operations and the way in which we connect with our local donors and patients,” said Nate Counts, board treasurer.

The mission of Health Partners Free Clinic is to provide free, high-quality health care for the uninsured and underserved residents of Miami County, Ohio.