New President and CEO Announced for Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

WORCESTER – The Board of Directors of the Edward M. Kennedy
Community Health Center announces that Stephen J. Kerrigan has been selected as the organization’s new President and CEO, effective July 2, 2019.  

Kerrigan will succeed Antonia G. McGuire, who joined the organization in 2008.

McGuire announced her planned retirement in September 2018.

A native of Central Massachusetts, Kerrigan brings a strong background in organizational leadership, strategic planning and government relations to the position.

A former aide for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, he also served as Chief of Staff for Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, and as President and CEO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the Inaugural Committee for the 57th  presidential Inauguration.

Kerrigan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, and was a Resident Fellow with the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Cambridge.

“Throughout his expansive career working with Senator Kennedy’s office and the Office of the Attorney General, as well as through his volunteer efforts supporting military families, veteran services and women’s healthcare, Steve has fought for health priorities that support the hard
working families that Kennedy CHC serves,” explains Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham, Board Chair. “Steve has certainly lived his commitment to advancing equity.”  

Kerrigan joins the Kennedy CHC team at a significant time in its history. During McGuire’s tenure, the Health Center grew exponentially, transitioning from the Great Brook Valley Health Center serving mostly Worcester to the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, which today serves close to 30,000 patients at three health care centers throughout
Central Mass and MetroWest. Kennedy CHC is also part of the Community Care Cooperative ACO and is well-positioned financially to continue to grow to meet community need.

“I am grateful to the Board of Directors for their confidence and very much looking forward to the mission driven partnership we will all have as we work to help people live healthier lives,” shares Kerrigan. “Health care for all was the cause of Senator Kennedy’s life and it is my honor to work with the Health Center and its many supporters and partners to make that cause a reality for the people who live and work in the communities we serve.”

As of July 2, 2019, Kerrigan will be located at Kennedy CHC’s administrative offices at 650 Lincoln Street, Worcester.


The mission of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) is to “help people live healthier lives.” We believe that everyone has a right to accessible, high quality, comprehensive, integrated and compassionate health care. As a community health center, Kennedy CHC has always provided comprehensive care to its patients, who are at disparate risk for chronic disease and poor health outcomes. Our vision is to be a constantly growing, financially sound, Federally Qualified Community Health Center that:
 efficiently delivers high quality, accessible primary care services.
 becomes the health care home and provider choice of all our patients.
 achieves excellence in outcomes with our patients as partners.
 remains at the forefront of innovative health care practices.

Founded in a Worcester housing project in 1972, today Kennedy CHC has three medical facilities, two dental sites, two optometry practices and four school-based clinics serving residents of Worcester, Framingham, Milford, and the surrounding communities of MetroWest and Central Massachusetts.

Currently over 28,000 patients of all ages receive care and service through Kennedy CHC’s family practice model of care, a comprehensive approach to the delivery of quality primary and urgent care, medical specialties, nutrition counseling, dental care, optometry, pharmacy, behavioral health, social services, and health education. Kennedy CHC is certified as a patient-centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a model that supports the flow of information among medical teams, coordinating health care visits, utilizing electronic technologies for tracking and errors prevention, and providing follow-up while, most importantly, engaging patients in their care.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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