PCC Community Wellness Center’s Board of Directors Appoints New CEO
Oak Park, IL — PCC Community Wellness Center announced that its current COO, Toni Bush, MPH, assumed the role as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1. The announcement came just one month after former CEO Robert Urso retired, on June 30, 2021, after serving PCC for more than 30 years. Dr. Paul Luning, PCC’s Chief Medical Officer, served as interim CEO and will continue as the CMO.
“We are pleased to have Toni transition to the role of CEO,” said Dr. Carolyn Fitzpatrick, PCC’s Chairwoman of the Board. “Toni has done a tremendous job for PCC over the years. Her extensive healthcare background and business operations acumen will help strengthen PCC and continue expanding its services on the Greater West Side of Chicago. We also believe her strong leadership experience will help PCC remain committed to its mission of providing exemplary healthcare to the communities it serves.”
Dr. Luning said: “Having had the pleasure of working with Toni for the last 13 years, and seeing her grow with increasing responsibility in the organization, I can say that very few people match her enthusiasm, positivity, and dedication. We are fortunate to have someone of Toni’s caliber and character as our new leader.”
With over 13 years of service to PCC, Bush has worked in various leadership roles throughout the organization, including Director of Development, Office Manager, and Clinic Administrator. As Chief Operating Officer, Bush provides leadership and management oversight of PCC,
ensuring all procedures and systems are in place for the effective growth of its clinics. She is also responsible for keeping all 14 clinics running proficiently while integrating PCC’s strategic plan to ensure its financial strength and operational efficiency to carry out its vision.
“As a child from Altgeld Gardens (Chicago Housing Authority public housing project) who became a mother at the age of 16, and single parent at the age of 19 due to community gun violence, I am truly honored and humbled to serve as the next President and CEO of PCC. As my passion for PCC grows stronger and stronger each day, likewise, my joy for serving the community grows as well. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to lead PCC in an even greater capacity while working together with my PCC family,” Bush said.
Before her role as COO, Bush served as the Regional Director of Clinical Operations, where she managed PCC’s Steinmetz health clinic in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood and directed PCC’s employee safety and infection control programs. In addition, Bush is known for motivating staff to raise the bar in service excellence to provide the highest level of care to PCC’s patients.
A servant leader and former Chicago Albert Schweitzer Fellow, Bush is committed to working in medically underserved communities. In October 2016, she was awarded the Ramona Lopez Community Health Center Employee Award from the Illinois Primary Health Care Association for her outstanding commitment to underserved medicine.
Bush maintains a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a Master’s in Public Health from Northern Illinois University.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to thank Dr. Luning for serving as interim CEO. He did an incredible job managing PCC’s executive leadership team and overall operations during our search for the new CEO. He ultimately made the transition of roles quite seamless,” Dr. Fitzpatrick said.