Laura Waldvogel named Family Health/LaClinica CEO
The local community health center, Family Health/LaClinic (FHLC) located in Wautoma, recently named Laura Waldvogel as their new chief executive officer. Waldvogel brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge having worked in community health since 2009.
With a Bachelors of Science in behavioral science and law from UW-Madison and a Masters in counseling from UW-Oshkosh, Waldvogel has been working in health care both in nonprofit administration as well as her private mental health practice since 1994, and previously worked in other health centers in northern Wisconsin and the Kenosha Community Health Center.
Her most recent position in community health was with the Kenosha Community Health Center. Waldvogel started out as a consultant in August 2012, but eventually took over as interim CEO from February through October 2013. After serving as interim, Waldvogel went back to her private mental health practice and provided some consulting for the federal government.
At the time the CEO position at FHLC opened, Waldvogel was working with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a federal site reviewer. “I worked with the former CEO and had a lot of respect for him. He had been working in community health for a very long time and so when he retired I saw that this had opened,” she said.
Understanding the mission and the importance of providing access to care is what drove Waldvogel to want to return to community health after taking time off to work in her private practice.
“Once I got into community health work, the mission, I became passionate about it. It’s like I couldn’t shake it,” she said. “I think everybody has a right to have access to health care. I believe everyone has the right whatever your station in life. Whatever life has thrown at your. We all have that right in my opinion.”
Working with the board of directors, Waldvogel is looking at the strategic direction of the clinic as well as the goals of the entire facility. “We have a site in Mauston and they’re exploring other areas for expansion,” she said. “Right now what I want to do is just to get to know the environment, get to know the employees, the staff, get to know the needs that we have.”