Antonia ‘Toni’ McGuire, CEO and President of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) recently announced the promotion of two medical professionals to new leadership positions.

Dr. Michele Pici of Worcester, a Board Certified Family Physician and former Medical Director at Kennedy CHC, was recently promoted to Chief Medical Officer. Julie Eisele, RN, MSN, also of Worcester, was promoted from her role as Staff Development Nurse to Director of Nursing.

“Dr. Pici has enhanced her skills in order to assume a broader clinical and administrative leadership role in the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center as we continue to expand services to additional sites and communities,” McGuire said. “She was instrumental in the successful implementation of our new electronic medical records system, which replaced our old system. Dr. Pici is one of our most dedicated physicians and is committed to achieving our mission to provide patients with the highest quality healthcare.”

“In addition, we are really fortunate to have Julie Eisele continue her work here as Director of Nursing,” McGuire continued. “Julie has a diversified background, having worked in hospital settings before she came to the community health center. Her strong educational experience, combined with her extensive clinical work, makes her a great choice to supervise our nursing and allied nursing staff.”

Dr. Pici received her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her medical residency in family medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. She has been with the Kennedy CHC (formerly Great Brook Valley Health Center) since 1999 and in 2004 was named Medical Director. Dr. Pici continued her education in 2011, earning a master’s degree in business administration for physician executives at the University of Tennessee.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pici will be responsible for providing clinical leadership across the organization, implementing standardized clinical operations to promote quality, access, cost effectiveness and patient satisfaction.

“The work of community health centers is a vital part of the health care delivery system in this country,” Dr. Pici said. “Community health centers are probably the most cost effective model of care. My hope is that with the Affordable Care Act and national healthcare reform, more physicians graduating from medical school will go into primary care – family medicine in particular, which is my specialty.”

Ms. Eisele has been with the Kennedy CHC for the past four years, having previously served as an emergency room nurse at Marlborough Hospital and MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. She twice earned highest honors from Regis College, where she received both a bachelor and master’s of science degree in nursing.

“It is a very exciting time to be leading the nursing department at Kennedy CHC,” Eisele said. “First, there are the incredibly committed nurses and medical assistants who I am privileged to call colleagues and friends. Second, the organization is growing and embarking on new and exciting projects to expand our services to more patients.  We are uniquely positioned with local community partners to pursue these goals. This is a great opportunity for the nurses at Kennedy CHC to discover what more we can do to help our patients live healthier lives.”

Kennedy CHC includes medical and dental facilities in Worcester, Framingham and Clinton. For more information about the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, please call 1-800-853-2288.