Patricia Fernandez & BSFHC:
A Successful Journey
About 25 years ago, Patricia Fernandez immigrated to the United States, and began her career at BSFHC as a Medical Assistant and then Dental Assistant. Her venture into management began when she was promoted to Dental Office Manager. She was then promoted to the positions of Associate Dental Director, Chief Operating Officer, and currently serves as the organization’s President/CEO. Throughout her journey, she has shown her commitment to promoting a culture of caring and a dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to all patients at BSFHC, regardless of ability to pay. She believes that BSFHC succeeds only when the entire staff works together as a team toward one goal.
Through Mrs. Fernandez’s strong leadership, prudent management, and good fiscal acumen, BSFHC has continued to grow and thrive in order to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, medically underserved populations in Northeastern and Central Brooklyn. With the investment and support of the Primary Care Development Corporation, Mrs. Fernandez was instrumental in completing the construction and move-in of BSFHC’s modern facility in 2012. In 2016, BSFHC treated more than 15,600 unique patients and provided more than 57,000 patient visits.
Mrs. Fernandez worked with Community Health Care Association of New York State’s Primary Care Health Information Consortium (PCHIC) towards the successful acquisition of BSFHC’s Electronic Health Records System. She played a key role in implementing a 340-B drug pricing program for BSFHC. Under her leadership, BSFHC is currently completing a Health Information Technology capital upgrade investment of nearly $750,000, and a major expansion of the Data Analytics and Informatics Department, to ensure BSFHC has the Analytic capacity to succeed in the rapidly transforming health care landscape and transition to a Value-Based Care payment environment.
In 2017, Mrs. Fernandez was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Primary Care Award by the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC).
She is the member of the following boards and committees;
- Board Member: Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS)
- Vice President: Bedford-Stuyvesant Business and Professional Women's Club
- Charter Member: Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Industry Committee
- Member: DSRIP Project Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Community Care of Brooklyn Performing Provider System
- Member: Metropolitan College of New York Health Advisory Board
- Member:Bed-Stuy Community Business Improvement District (BID)
- Member:Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct Police Community Affairs Association
- Member: Fulton Street Merchants Association
Mrs. Fernandez holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from Metropolitan College of New York where she graduated with high honors and was a recipient of the President’s Scholarship. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from City College and an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
The CEO with New York Lieutenant Governor and Senator on their visit to the Center. Photo: 05/18/2018