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Urgent Care Association Announces CEO Transition

Author: UCA Admin/Tuesday, June 9, 2020/Categories: Industry News


Contact: Claire Vartabedian 
L.C. Williams & Associates
800-837-7123 or 312-565-4605


WARRENVILLE, Ill., June 9, 2020 – The Urgent Care Association (UCA) today announced that Lou Ellen Horwitz will succeed Laurel Stoimenoff, PT, CHC, who earlier this year shared her plans to retire at the end of 2020.  

“All of us in urgent care are truly fortunate to have two executives with such a depth and breadth of experience, respect for each other, and a true passion for the association and what we all do to ensure a smooth transition at UCA’s helm,” said Shaun Ginter, president of the UCA Board of Directors. “Laurel has led us expertly through an exciting period of growth in our industry, and we know that Lou Ellen is the ideal CEO to lead into our future.”  

“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve an association that I’ve valued and respected over the years as well as the members who work within it. I’ve served UCA in many roles, but this was by far the most rewarding.   I can move to the next stage of my life knowing that the staff, the members, and the industry are in highly capable hands,” said Stoimenoff.

During her tenure, Stoimenoff was responsible for the addition of state level chapters, formalized special interest groups/ sections, and advanced recognition programs including Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation, the Certified Urgent Care Management Professional (CUCMP) and UCA Accreditation—a program that now accredits more urgent care centers than any other accrediting body. She implemented the Board of Directors strategic plan and forged partnerships with other on-demand medicine stakeholders.  Laurel worked to advance UCA’s mission and tirelessly advocated on behalf of urgent care centers across the country, from the state level to Washington, DC.  In addition to UCA, the Urgent Care Foundation and the College of Urgent Care Medicine grew tremendously with her fervent support.  

Horwitz is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience including leadership and management roles in hospitals and health systems, multi-site urgent care centers, a physician leadership association, and owner of a healthcare consulting company for professional and organizational development.  She also served as UCA’s first Executive Director during the organization’s startup years, developing programs and partnerships including the founding of affiliates such as the Urgent Care Foundation and the College of Urgent Care Medicine.  

“Our industry has always attracted unique individuals and companies who are strongly dedicated to true consumer-centric healthcare.  Our ability and willingness to think and operate differently unites us fundamentally, but we still speak primarily as ten thousand local voices” says Horwitz.  “The responsibility UCA has to further strengthen that unity into a collective voice has become even clearer during the pandemic.  Urgent care centers meet the essential need for on-demand medicine across our nation and the globe.  It’s time that essentiality is fully understood, accepted and embraced by all of our fellow stakeholders who believe in accessible, high-quality healthcare.”

Stoimenoff and Horwitz will work collaboratively to transition CEO responsibilities during June and July.  Stoimenoff will then focus on industry innovation and quality, a passion of hers, in a part-time capacity through the end of the year.

“I’d like to extend my deep appreciation to Laurel for her contributions to urgent care as a former Board member, volunteer and CEO, as well as for her ongoing support as we  plan for her ultimate and well-deserved retirement,” said Richard Park, MD, Immediate Past President of UCA.  “This is a time of disruption and transformation across healthcare, but with Laurel’s preparation plus Lou Ellen’s deep experience, passion for creating connections and reputation for innovative thinking, our decision was very easy.”


About the Urgent Care Association

The Urgent Care Association (UCA) is a membership association of leaders, providers and suppliers in the field of on-demand, consumer-focused health care.  UCA advances the industry and supports member success through advocacy, research, education, collaboration and high standards of care.  The association remains an active online presence and member community for daily exchange of best practices.  For more information, visit www.ucaoa.org.



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