The Executive Director of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC), Nicole Lamoureux Busby, has been named one of the top executives in the non-profit sector by The NonProfit Times, the leading publication for the sector.
According to The NonProfit Times, its 2013 Power and Influence Top 50 list celebrates "the executives moving and shaping the nonprofit world." The article highlights the work of the NAFC, staff and membership with the following: "There are a few million unnecessary emergency room visits every year. For those who suffer though without medical assistance there is a network bringing free care to a town near you whose national infrastructure could meet in a phone booth. For those who don't remember phone booths, it's a great analogy. You could fit, maybe, three people in them."
As the Executive Director of this fairly young organization, Lamoureux Busby has grown the organization exponentially in a short time through press and media exposure, increased membership and benefits, public awareness of NAFC member clinics and their staff, patients and volunteers, and much more. As for the phone booth reference, Nicole does all of this with the help of just two other staff members, making a total of three.
When listing Nicole as a top executive, The NonProfit Times says "One of the centerpieces of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce the number of emergency room visits for non-emergency, indigent patients. The model is already in place and Busby runs it. And, the 1,200 clinics in the network do it with almost no federal or state money. Large hospital systems should learn how it is done and delivered well."
"The NAFC is so thankful to be recognized and included alongside so many incredible individuals and organizations that strive everyday to make an impact in this world," said Lamoureux Busby. "Our organization, its clinics and volunteers all work hard to help build a Healthy America, one patient at a time."
It is through recognition such as this that the NAFC hopes will help spread the word about Free and Charitable Clinics and their patients, and will increase awareness of this important part of the safety net community. "Free and Charitable Clinics rely on donations, community partnerships and volunteers to provide the much needed access to medical care in communities throughout the country," said Nicole. "The NAFC thanks The NonProfit Times for recognizing our organization and for helping to highlight our work, and well as all of the work being done throughout the nonprofit sector."
About the Organization:
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics and the people they serve in the United States. Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of Free and Charitable Clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, as well as the patients served by Free and Charitable Clinics in communities throughout the nation. For more information, go to: www.nafcclinics.org.