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Ronda Kotelchuck is the founding CEO of the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC). Ronda served on the original workgroup that conceptualized, designed and established PCDC in 1993. Under Ms. Kotelchuck's leadership, PCDC, a U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has financed more than 100 primary care projects totaling $485 million and modernized more than 925,000 square feet of space. PCDC has also provided Performance Improvement training and coaching to nearly 900 primary care organizations throughout the U.S., helping to transform the delivery and quality of primary care services in low-income communities.
Prior to PCDC, Ronda served as Vice President for Corporate Planning and Intergovernmental Relations for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC)—the country’s largest municipal hospital system—and spearheaded HHC’s 1989 strategic plan which focused in part on the need for primary and preventive care. Ronda also held previous positions with the NYC Financial Control Board, the Greater Boston Health Systems Agency and the Health Policy Advisory Center. Ronda received her Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell University and her Bachelor of Arts from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
In August 2011, Ronda was invited to participate as a member of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Payment Reform Workgroup; a committee selected to develop recommendations to reduce costs and increase quality and efficiency in New York’s Medicaid Program.
Ronda is also a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and Co-Chair of its Health Care Delivery Section, Co-Chair of the Hermann Biggs Society, a member of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Advisory Council and a member of the California Health Care Foundation/Center for Health Care Design’s Advisory Committee on Safety Net Clinic Design. She served previously as a member of the Priority Setting Panel of the Washington, DC Medical Homes Project and the Review Committee for the California Community Clinic Initiative. She also served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Community Health Effects Subcommittee of the Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance.
Ronda is a recipient of the Haven Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award (2011) from the Public Health Association of New York City, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the public health of the City of New York; the Paul Ramos Memorial Award (2009) from the Community Health Care Association of New York State (2009), recognizing her commitment to community health centers; and the Avedis Donabedian Healthcare Quality Award (2009) from the American Public Health Association (2009), recognizing her outstanding commitment to healthcare quality assurance and improvement.