Hudson River Healthcare (HRH) is well into the process of assuming ownership of all of Suffolk County’s Health Centers. The County’s system has been the trusted community provider of primary and specialty care for thousands of low-income and uninsured Suffolk residents for many years.

HRH is developing collaborations to enhance the connectedness of these centers with County leadership, Stony Brook University Hospital, other community hospitals, behavioral health agencies, and health home care management providers. As a non-profit FQHC (Federally qualified health center), HRH offers us a great opportunity to achieve the health care reform ”win-win-win” – known as the “Triple Aim” – expanded and higher quality care, outcomes of early intervention, and reduced acute care dispositions and stabilized public costs.

Such care transition is more than a demonstration program – it is fast becoming the new standard for public health care.

Michael Stoltz has been at the agency’s leadership helm since 1990, first as Executive Director of the predecessor organization, Clubhouse of Suffolk, and since July 2014, the CEO of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW). MHAW is the result of the merger of Clubhouse with Suffolk County United Veterans and the Mental Health Association in Suffolk County.                                                                                                                                             Under Michael’s stewardship, the agency has grown to one with an $10 million annual operating budget, 150 employees, servicing more than 3,000 people each year through its Ronkonkoma, Riverhead, and Yaphank facilities. A social worker by training, Michael received his MSW in 1982 from Adelphi University, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Social Welfare Policy and Human Service Management. He served as a Program Supervisor, developing and implementing the Suffolk County Intensive Case Management Program, as well as positions in management and direct service at several Long Island outpatient clinics.

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