The homeless, working people who lack healthcare insurance, and many others in northeast Florida all can attest to the impact of Hugh Greene's civic leadership in the Jacksonville area.
Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health, sees that leadership as part and parcel of the health system's community ownership. “We don't have stockholders,” he says. “We are ultimately accountable to the community. … That's who we work for; that's who we answer to. They're our owners. I believe that very strongly.” Greene counts a Master's in Divinity among his degrees, and before his move into healthcare pastored a church for five years.
As board chairman at the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Greene helped to develop the first federally qualified health center in the country affiliated with a homeless center, which now serves about 200 people a day. “Hugh is a visionary leader who thought far ahead of his time when helping develop the clinic,” says Cindy Funkhouser, president and CEO of the center.