Furtney as its new executive director. The search committee, comprised
of board members, employees and donors, selected Furtney after a three-
month nationwide search.
Furtney is currently the career development services director at
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, based in Charlotte. She
has 20 years' experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors,
including a family clinic, major hospital system and a health
"As health care issues remain at the forefront, Susan's varied medical
exposure, track record of innovation and strategic management skills
will benefit Care Ring and its clients," said Doug Neely, chairman of
the Care Ring board of directors.
Care Ring is a nonprofit organization that provides access to
preventive health services for the uninsured and underinsured
inMecklenburg County. The organization annually serves more than
10,000 people and is a leader in a collaborative effort to improve
In its 55-year history, the organization has continued to evolve and
serve people who fall through the cracks of the traditional health
care system in Mecklenburg County. Care Ring offers a comprehensive
range of programs and services:
· Care Ring Low-Cost Clinic – This clinic in uptown Charlotte
offers basic health care services and chronic disease management at
reduced costs. Low-cost lab work is also conducted on site.
· Nurse-Family Partnership – Care Ring operates this evidence-
based nurse home visiting program that improves the health, well-being
and self-sufficiency of first-time, low-income mothers, which in turn
benefits their child's health and development.
· Physicians Reach Out – In partnership with the Mecklenburg
County Medical Society and Charlotte Dental Society, 1,500 volunteer
physicians, dentists and allied health professionals provide free or
low-cost health care for low-income individuals who do not qualify for
Medicaid and do not have access to private health insurance.
"Throughout my career, I've been passionate about advocating for
quality health care for all people," said Furtney. "I am excited to
join Care Ring and further the agency's efforts to effect systemic
changes in health care access, affordability and coverage for the
uninsured and underinsured in our community. Care Ring will continue
to serve as a voice for our clients, and collectively we can create
Furtney holds a master's degree in public health, health policy and
management from Emory University and a bachelor's degree in public
health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Care Ring is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable,
accessible and high-quality health care for people who lack access to
services. Since 1955, the agency has been providing preventive health
care in Charlotte to children and adults with limited means. Today,
the agency serves 10,000 clients annually. For more information, visit