March 29, 2023 – The Health Care District of Palm Beach County welcomes Geoffrey Washburn as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Daniel Scott as Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Roger Chen as Associate Vice President Performance Excellence and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Project Manager and Alicia Ottmann as Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Federally Qualified Health Center and Pharmacy Services.
A career human resources professional, Washburn has more than 30 years of multi-faceted human resources experience in health care, including more than 20 years in senior leadership. Washburn most recently served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Palomar Health, California’s largest public healthcare district by area, employing more than 5,000 professionals. Prior to Palomar, Washburn was Vice President, Human Resources at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center and also held executive-level human resources roles at several hospital and health care systems in Florida and Michigan. Washburn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management from Spring Arbor University and a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) Certification from Eastern Michigan University.
Scott has more than 30 years of information technology (IT) experience with half of that dedicated to IT health care. In his new role, he oversees the Health Care District’s IT, Facilities and Security departments. He most recently served as Chief Information Officer for Good Samaritan Hospital where he oversaw the Epic Community Connect program, implemented service management and IT security and provided overall leadership to multiple information system teams. Previously, Scott held several IT leadership roles at Ascension Health. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and a Master of Science in Management, both from Oakland City University. He is currently completing a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Learning with a specialization in Health Care Administration and Leadership.
Chen has more than 25 years of corporate and health care Six Sigma and Lean leadership experience developing organizational systems and high-performing teams. Chen most recently presided over his own Lean training consultancy firm. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Transformation at a private cardiology group in Florida and at a statewide health system in the Midwest. Before that, Chen served as Vice President of Organization Transformation at Lee Memorial Health Systems and was the Corporate Director of Performance Excellence at Martin Memorial Health Systems. Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electronics from DeVry Institute of Technology and earned his International Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is board certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Ottmann brings a decade of community health care experience as a practicing physician assistant as well as a leader of clinical operations and integrated care models. She most recently served as Director of Operations for Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) in Scottsdale, Arizona. There she oversaw eight community health centers and virtual care, with more than 170 total team members. Ottmann originally joined NOAH as a certified physician assistant in family medicine, treating patients at the community health centers and serving as a clinical preceptor. Previously, she served as Director of Practice Transformation at Innovation Care Partners, providing transformational leadership in the development, implementation and oversight of their system’s core population health management programs and practices. Ottmann holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of William and Mary and a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University.
“On behalf of the Health Care District and the Board of Commissioners, I welcome Geoffrey, Daniel, Roger and Alicia, who all bring extensive experience with them to the Health Care District in their respective leadership roles,” said Darcy J. Davis, Chief Executive Officer. “They will each be an asset in supporting our safety net mission of providing our community access to high-quality health care.”
About the Health Care District
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County is a special taxpayer-funded district that has served as a health care safety net for over 30 years to fill in gaps in access to health care services. This unique health care system covers the entire county and provides diverse services such as 13 outpatient clinics (Federally Qualified Health Centers) which serve everyone regardless of ability to pay; school health clinicians staffed in nearly 170 public schools; two Trauma Hawk aeromedical helicopters; a rural, public teaching hospital, Lakeside Medical Center; a skilled nursing facility, the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; a specialty benefits program for eligible, uninsured residents; and quality performance oversight of the county’s lifesaving trauma system.
About the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics
The Health Care District’s Federally Qualified Health Centers across the county serve adults and children with or without insurance and regardless of ability to pay. This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS25684 for Health Center Cluster in the award amount of $7,278,563. Of the total project, 84.5% is financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics were granted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming status effective January 1, 2023.