HEALTHCARE IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE
Previously, Dr. Anderson has served as Director of Primary Care for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Center, Inc., and a consultant in the field of disease management, and a primary care provider at the Community Health Center of New Britain.
Dr. Anderson obtained his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and is a board-certified general internist.
Dr. Andersons researches, lectures and writes extensively in the areas of disease management, self management/behavior change, implementation science, and health services research. He has published articles in several top-tier peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Diabetes Spectrum. He is the 2010 recipient of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Hamolsky Award for his research on disease management for diabetes in a community health center.
Doreen Bentson joined Community Health Center in 2015 as the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Doreen brings to CHC more than 25 years of process improvement experience, most recently as Quality Leader for General Electric Company. She is responsible for planning, developing, evaluating and overseeing the daily operations of the health center and ensuring an exceptional patient experience.
Among her many accomplishments at General Electric, Doreen led a global team of process improvement experts generating significant changes in productivity for GE Capital’s 8,000 employees, resulting in millions of dollars in savings.
Prior to joining GE, she was a technology leader at Prodigy Services Company, where she held a wide range of leading edge software management positions, including oversight of core customer service applications.
Bentson is a certified Six-Sigma/Lean Master Black Belt and Quality Leader, coach and trainer in change management and effective facilitation. She earned a Master of Science in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University.
Building upon her service in various missions organizations, Mary continued to develop her passion for meeting the needs of the underserved by earning her MSN at Yale University in 2005. Mary joined CHC as a family nurse practitioner shortly after graduation. While at CHC, Mary has served as the On-Site Medical Director of the New London County Sites, the Vice President of the Medical Staff, the Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and has served as a preceptor for CHC’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. She completed her DNP education at Johns Hopkins University in 2015 with her capstone focusing on “Increasing Identification and Treatment Referral of Individuals with Hepatitis C (HCV) in the Primary Care Setting Through Clinical Dashboards.” Mary is certified and holds professional membership in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She continues to support various quality improvement projects throughout the agency to increase the visibility of nursing’s contribution to the Medical Home.
Robert Block, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer of Community Health Center, Inc. In this role, Bob is responsible for all CHC financial operations, revenue cycle, supply chain, payroll and treasury services.
Bob brings over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting and operations, previously having served as Vice President Finance at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Chief Financial Officer of the Jewish Home for the Aged, Chief Administrative Officer at the APT Foundation, Director of Finance at American Medical Response, Manager-Budget and Finance at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and CEO of The AuctionBlocks (a company he founded and ran for ten years).
Bob obtained his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania. Bob was Controller of a behavioral health research group (Center for the Study of Adult Development, later Integra Inc.) during his final four years at Penn. He subsequently earned his CPA license at Arthur Young and Company (currently Ernst & Young).
Dr. Veena Channamsetty is the Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Center Inc. In this role, she is responsible for the clinical leadership of a large staff of medical providers and caregivers for the state’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center. She is responsible for the delivery of evidence based medical standards, the medical staff recruitment and retention, and provider affairs. Dr. Channamsetty oversees the clinical and non-clinical training orientation, training and onboarding for all new CHC medical providers. With the vision of a stable and solid medical staff, Dr. Channamsetty coordinates clinical care with provider professional interests, promoting provider wellbeing and work life balance, overseeing clinical and non-clinical affairs of Physicians, APRNs, and Physician Assistants. She is responsible for ensuring Joint Commission and Patient Centered Medical Home compliance throughout CHC. Dr. Channamsetty also served as the Vice President of the Medical Staff, and is presently the President of the Medical Staff and the Chair of the Medical Quality Improvement Committee. She is a clinical preceptor for the APRN residency. Dr. Channamsetty works closely with the chiefs of Behavior Health, Dentistry, and Nursing to promote interprofessional care, supporting the successful integration of multiple disciplines for the team based care of patients. She works to implement multiple care delivery initiatives states wide. Dr. Channamsetty received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean and her Family Practice Residency from Central Maine Medical Center. Dr. Channamsetty is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine. She worked at both private and hospital based practices prior to beginning her career at the Community Health Center in 2007, in Meriden CT. She served as the On-site Medical Director for the Meriden and Waterbury sites for 4 years, during which she medically managed her full patient panel and directly supervised the Physicians and APRNs both clinically and administratively. She went on to serve as CHC’s Associate Chief Medical Officer for 1 year, prior to taking on the role of Chief Medical Officer.
Nicole Lake is our first Vice President and General Counsel. Nicole brings outstanding credentials and experience to the role. Her career spans over 10 years of diverse legal experience.
Most recently, Nicole served as Associate General Counsel to the Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. Previously she has served as an attorney for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, Greater Hartford Legal Aid and the National Labor Relations Board in New York City. She has also worked as an Assistant Director at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Nicole holds a BA from the University of Iowa, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard, and she earned her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. She is a board member of the Capitol Child Development Center, a frequent volunteer with local and statewide political campaigns, and the yoga instructor for a high school football team.
Sheela Tummala, DDS, MPH is the Chief Dental Officer for the Community Health Center, Inc.Prior to joining CHC in 2006, Dr. Tummala worked as a general dentist at Meri Care Dental in Meriden and also served as an onsite dental director since 2006. Dr. Tummala also worked in her own Private Practice in Woodbury until 2015.
In her roll at CHC, Dr. Tummala treats patients, supervises staff, and maintains the goals and needs of the staff. Dr. Tummala also serves as the Dental Quality Improvement Chairman for CHC, where she is responsible for conducting meetings, writing policies, maintaining quality improvement and assessing the needs for quality improvement from the patient and staff perspective.
Dr. Tummala has served on a number of committees such as the Electronic Dental Records Committee where she was responsible for the creation of templates in open dental and consent forms. Dr. Tummala, who has a passion for research, was involved in the research study “Side effects of Triazolam in Children” published in American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 21:1, 1999. She is also involved in organizing many events such as the Mission of Mercy events at CHC.
Dr. Tummala completed her DDS degree at New York University and her General Practice Residency at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, N.Y. She also completed her MPH at Western Kentucky University.
She says her favorite part of providing dental services to CHC patients is “ Patients appreciating the work you do for them, changing their smiles Helping them taking out of Pain.”
Dr. Tummala also loves to sing, dance, hike and cook!