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Wheeler president, CEO retires

Wheeler president, CEO retires

Susan Walkama, LCSW, who transformed Wheeler Clinic into a leading statewide provider of integrated health care services, will retire on Nov. 1, the Wheeler Board of Trustees announced Monday.

Wheeler’s main campus is located on Northwest Drive in Plainville.

Walkama served as president and chief executive officer for more than a dozen years, and began her career at Wheeler nearly four decades ago. Under her leadership, Wheeler evolved from a community-based provider of behavioral health services to a statewide, innovative leader in fully integrated health care and a federally qualified community health center, and grew to serve more than 30,000 individuals and families annually.

“Susan’s vision, her passion for her work, and the commitment she gave to Wheeler on behalf of everyone we serve is extraordinary,” said James Moylan of Bristol, Wheeler’s incoming Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “In every area, every day, she guided Wheeler to focus on the individuals and families who depend on us for care. She expanded services unlike any other community-based organization in Connecticut, drove remarkable administrative efficiencies, focused on clinical outcomes that improved patients’ lives, and always challenged our staff and trustees to reexamine what we could do to provide better, more accessible, and patient-centered care.”

Shortly after assuming the role of president and CEO, after identifying significant unmet needs for primary care in the patients she served, Walkama drove Wheeler to become a federally qualified health center (FQHC), part of a system of care nationally that serves more than 28 million Americans, especially medically underserved individuals and communities.

The Board of Trustees will name a new President and Chief Executive Officer for Wheeler on Oct. 21.

-- Press Release