Chief Executive Officer
Donna Thompson, R.N., M.S.
Chief Executive Officer
When Donna Thompson joined Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) as Chief Operating Officer in 1995, she was very familiar with the difficulties patients faced due to lack of access to primary and preventive care.
For more than 35 years, Donna
has been on the frontlines of patient care delivery beginning with her
career as a pediatric nurse.
Now as CEO of ACCESS, a post held since 2004, Donna demonstrates daily how a focused commitment to high quality community health care can save lives, and improve the health and wellness of the most underserved communities.
Spearheading quality and teaching at ACCESS
In the past decade, Donna has led ACCESS to become one of the largest federally-qualified health center (FQHC) organizations in the country, establishing ACCESS as the health care home to more than 175,000 patients.
has helped build bridges for ACCESS
across the health care industry by honing ACCESS'
business approach with its hospital partners around strong collaborative partnerships.
From providing joint staffing solutions for labor and delivery departments and co-sharing specialist services, to co-locating health centers on hospital campuses for easy access to primary care, these partnerships are designed to always support ACCESS'
patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model.
Believing strongly in quality, Donna
first accreditation by The Joint Commission
Only 33 percent of community health organizations and 10 percent of ambulatory care organizations nationwide have achieved this distinction and ACCESS
is proud to be a quality leader.
Strongly believing in a care model rooted in an approach that extends beyond the walls of the health center, Donna
has successfully led the organization through the implementation of its Epic Electronic Health Record (EHR) and practice management systems.
As a community organizer concerned with effecting change beyond the health center walls, Donna
organized the Stand Against Cancer program in 2002, bringing together more than 1,400 women, elected officials and faith leaders
representing every religious denomination, race, ethnicity and age group to advocate for increased funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings.
As a result of this advocacy effort, the State of Illinois allocates nearly $4 million annually to the Stand Against Cancer program, to reach women in faith communities to promote early detection, and to offer screenings and follow-up care for those who are underinsured and uninsured.
On Mother's Day in 2007, Donna
launched Pin-A-Sister™/Examinate Comadre™, bringing together members of predominantly African-American and Latino congregations to recognize breast cancer survivors and provide key information about preventive screening.
Through 2014, this faith-based breast cancer awareness campaign has reached more than one million people in churches, community organizations and correctional centers during its signature events surrounding Mother's Day and touched more than four million individuals through media outreach efforts nationally and internationally.
Awards and Recognitions
Donna was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow in 2003.
has also been lauded by N'DIGO Magazine
as one of Chicago's most influential women.
received the 2007 Chicago Athena Award for her
leadership in expanding community health and was recognized as one of Chicago United's 2007 Business Leaders of Color.
Active in the community, Donna
serves on The Chicago Network, the board of Access DuPage
and co-founded the nationally-recognized Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.
Continuing to build on her
management expertise, Donna
is also the 2010 graduate of the Kellogg School of Management's
CEO Perspectives program.