Health Chair

Yvonne Hughes becomes CCLCF's board chair

Wilma 0420 YvonneCommunity Care of the Lower Cape Fear named YVONNE HUGHES as the group’s board chair.

Hughes, CEO of both Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance and Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange, has more than twenty years of experience in health care finance, corporate negotiations, interoperability design, and policy development.

“She has an entrepreneurial spirit that has led both organizations through complex start-up and long-term strategic and operational success,” Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear officials say.

Under Hughes’ leadership, the eleven member hospitals of the Alliance developed and launched Coastal Connect Inc., a nonprofit regional health information organization connecting five independent hospitals and more than 200 unaffiliated physician practices.

This effort required hospitals and physicians in an eleven-county region, as well as state-level entities, to organize an electronic health information exchange. “Coastal Connect has been both locally and nationally recognized as a successful model of providing real-time data exchange,” officials say.

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