FORT WAYNE—Neighborhood Health Clinics, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Stafford as vice president and chief medical officer at the organization. Dr. Stafford brings more than 38 years of medical, professional, and community experience to Neighborhood Health Clinics. When asked why he choose to become NHCI’s VP/chief medical officer, he replied that, “he could make more of an impact at Neighborhood Health Clinics than in his private practice.” And that, “he could benefit the community, and women’s health better at NHCI during this stage of his career.” He also said that, “people at NHCI are genuine, committed to the organization, enjoy their work, and their patients.”
In 1974, Dr. Stafford joined the Women’s Health Advantage group as an obstetrician/gynecologist specializing in women’s health issues. He practiced medicine with that group for more than 30 years. Dr. Stafford received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame, and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his OB-GYN residency at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN.
In 2009, while he was serving as the chair of NHCI’s Board Dr. Stafford attended The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. The program is a management development program for executive directors, leaders of health centers, and of other community-based healthcare organizations.
Dr. Stafford is a board certified OB-GYN. He is a member of the Fort Wayne Medical Society, Indiana State Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He served on the board of directors at Neighborhood Health Clinics from 2000 to 2011, and on the board of directors at Women’s Health Advantage group. He was also an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University Medical Center.
Dr. Stafford is also a dedicated family man, he shares 44 years of marriage with his wife Debbie, and has been blessed with three children and nine grandchildren whom he “adores.”
NHCI invites Dr. Stafford to enjoy a long and fulfilling career with Neighborhood Health Clinics.
“We are privileged to have a physician with such an experienced medical background, and diverse leadership skills as our chief medical officer,” NHCI officials said in a statement.
For more information about NHCI and Dr. Stafford, visit www.nhci.org .
This article originally appeared in the May 29, 2013 print edition.