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The Volunteers in Medicine national office board of directors announced the selection of Mark Cruise as the organization’s new chief executive officer, effective July 15, 2019. The unanimous decision follows a vote earlier this year to relocate its national headquarters from Burlington, Vermont, to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the home of the original Volunteers in Medicine Clinic founded by Dr. Jack McConnell in 1993.

The board of directors was pleased with the caliber of candidates for the position and its final choice. “The vital work of Volunteers in Medicine attracted a large number of highly talented individuals interested in leading the organization into the future. The selection committee was challenged to sort through the many individuals who clearly had the ability to serve as our chief executive officer,” said Dr. Todd Sagin, board chair for the Volunteers in Medicine national office. “Mark Cruise is a dynamic individual who will make good on the organization’s ambitious strategic plan. Under his leadership Volunteers in Medicine will become an even greater force for delivering care to our nation’s millions of uninsured.”

Cruise has been a leader and trusted advisor in the free and charitable clinic sector for more than two decades. Following a stint as director of a free clinic in southwest Virginia in the mid 1990s, he was appointed executive director of the Virginia Association of Free Clinics where he served from 1997-2006. He then established and operated a successful consulting company, Free Clinic Solutions, for seven years and later served as executive director of the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. Since 2016 he has provided strategic planning, board training, organizational consulting, and leadership development to clinics, state associations, and national partners as president of Governance4Good. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College and a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University.

”I am honored and humbled to be selected as the new CEO for this amazing organization,” Cruise said. “As tens of millions of Americans remain uninsured and without the means to pay for their healthcare, organizations like Volunteers in Medicine must continue to step in to fill the gaps. I am very excited about the opportunity to expand care for the uninsured through new and innovative approaches to volunteerism while continuing to build and strengthen more Volunteers in Medicine clinics around the country.”

About the Volunteers in Medicine national office: 
Established in 1996, the Volunteers in Medicine national office is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to building a network of free primary health care clinics for the uninsured and medically underserved across the United States. Experienced consultants guide local organizing committees or existing clinic leadership through a proven process to ensure that the clinic meets membership standards and expectations. The VIM national office is currently assisting 20 communities in developing a new free clinic. The VIM Alliance is a network of 87 free clinics that uphold VIM’s distinctive model of health care and receive ongoing support from the VIM national office. In 2018, VIM Alliance clinics provided 349,000 patient visits. For more information, visit www.volunteersinmedicine.org or contact board chair Dr. Todd Sagin at tsagin@saginhealthcare.com or (267) 738-0877.