PRESS RELEASE: Heart of Florida Health Center Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Ocala, FL, December 17, 2018 – Heart of Florida Health Center, (HFHC) has named Tabatha Downey, MD, ABFM as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Downey will provide clinical and administrative leadership, as well as, oversight to assure that patient care is efficient, effective and evidence-based. She will advance major clinical initiatives to further the mission of Heart of Florida Health Center, Inc. in support of the residents of Marion County. 

She was previously a Medical Director at Erie Family Health Centers, one of the largest organizations of Federally Qualified Health Centers serving Chicago and its northern suburbs.

Dr. Downey received an MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed residency at the Cook County Loyola Provident Family Medicine Residency Program. Prior to medical school she was a Registered Nurse, primarily practicing in inner city Emergency Rooms.

Dr. Downey is an accomplished clinician and leader, with an impressive track of success for strategic initiatives to improve quality and efficiency of care. She is committed to eliminating disparities in health care and providing high quality care to those with socioeconomic barriers which negatively impact their health. 

 “As we move to the next chapter of HFHC, we are thrilled to have Dr. Downey as part of our Executive team.  Her community health center experience and leadership is a perfect addition to ensure us in the successful future of Heart of Florida Health Center,” said Jamie Ulmer, CEO


About Heart of Florida Health Center

Heart of Florida Health Center is a federally qualified nonprofit health center (FQHC) founded in 2009 as a successor to Community Health Services Inc. Its mission is to improve the overall health status of Marion County residents by providing quality primary medical, dental and mental health services. HFHC has eight (9) sites: Belleview, Central, Dunnellon, East, Reddick, SW-Marion Oaks, Ocala West, Maternity, and Pediatric Dental location.

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Heart of Florida Health Center, recognized nationally for achieving highest Level III Patient Centered Medical Home Status and as a Quality Leader in the top 30% Clinical Outcomes, vision is to be the provider of the highest quality, affordable, patient-centered primary health care in Marion County.