Chief Medical Officer at East Bay Community Action Program awarded the Rhode Island Health Center Association’s (RIHCA) Clinical Leadership Award
Sarah Fessler, MD, of Riverside, was awarded the Rhode Island Health Center Association’s (RIHCA) Clinical Leadership Award at RIHCA’s annual meeting on October 16 for her leadership in clinical excellence and professional development; innovation in practice and policies, and contributions to the community. Dr. Fessler is the Chief Medical Officer at East Bay Family Health Care (EBFHC) where she has provided 23 years of service.
Dennis Roy, President and Chief Operating Officer of East Bay Community Action Program noted in his nomination of Dr. Fessler that she is a recognized leader in the health center community through her many years of medical director leadership at EBFHC. She has been a leader in the promotion of patient-centered health care and has served on and led numerous boards in the community. He also noted her leadership role in many innovative practices and policies including early adoption of the Electronic Medical Record; early adoption of Medication Assisted Therapy in response to the Opioids Crisis; collaboration with the Brown School of Medicine; early adoption of Patient Centered Medical Home practices; leadership and mentoring of new doctors and clinical leadership in the development and growth of an integrated primary and behavioral health approach to patient care.