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A Series of Shocking Exits Leaves Multnomah County Health Center Facing Challenges

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
Community health leader in Multnomah County resigns after less than a year

Multnomah County’s community health center has lost three key leaders in a matter of months, including Darnell “DJ” Rhodes, who resigned from his position as executive director on Friday after less than a year on the job. Rhodes was brought on board to lead the system last April and was touted as a “proven leader and strategic thinker” by county officials. However, he faced challenges during his time in office, including discrimination as a Black leader, and was placed on paid administrative leave in October before returning to resign in February.

Rhodes declined to comment on his departure, as did county officials. His exit was part of a series of exits from the health center system, with Jeff Perry, the chief financial officer, and Bernadette Thomas, the medical director, also resigning recently. However, Serena Cruz, the county’s chief operating officer, stated that the decisions from Perry and Thomas were unrelated to Rhodes’ resignation.

Despite the recent turmoil within the health center system, Multnomah County remains committed to providing quality health care services to its residents. The county officials are actively seeking qualified individuals to fill the vacancies left by Rhodes, Perry, and Thomas. The community health center’s leadership will work towards overcoming challenges and maintaining its commitment to providing accessible and equitable health care to all residents.

By Samantha Nguyen

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