Julie (Jeffries) O’Toole-Black, NCHS class of 1983, is leading Community Health Network’s COVID Testing Task Force. A role she has prepared for by working in healthcare administration for over 30 years. Her current role as Community Health Network’s Vice President of Access and Operations has her collaborate with exceptional healthcare professionals to provide patients the right care at the right place at the right time, across 200+ locations. She and her team are committed to continuously improving patient access to care in ways people value. An approach invaluable in the conversation around testing for COVID-19.
Julie’s time at North Central was an important building block in her preparation to lead Community Health Network in a time of crisis. She transferred from out of state her sophomore year and was thrilled to learn about the J Everett Light Career Center. The programs she took advantage of were wonderful exposure to healthcare and prepared her to immediately enter the workforce. At that time, Julie was on the fence about attending a university and JEL provided her with the skills to pursue other options. During her time at NCHS, she completed the Certified Dental Assistant program, securing a well-paid position just out of school with an orthodontist office.
“I really enjoyed the patient contact and opportunity to help people achieve a greater sense of self, but soon decided I wanted to continue my education in hopes of securing a management position. Through working as a dental assistant part time, I was able to pay for my education at Purdue University, ultimately graduating with a degree in Organizational Leadership from the School of Technology.”
Julie’s several years of patient facing experience and her newly acquired management degree positioned her for her first leadership role in healthcare which eventually led her to the current role.
“I’m grateful for having had a dental assisting career that afforded me both the financial means to continue my education and experience in healthcare that led to where I am today.”
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services. Like all healthcare currently in the United States, CHN is focused on COVID-19, especially after their CEO tested positive for the virus. Julie’s leadership on the COVID Task Force will have a lasting impact on CHN’s ability to respond quickly and with care to this growing health crisis.
Washington Township is proud to have been a building block for so many people making a difference during the current COVID-19 crisis. We want to honor and thank all of the North Central High School Alumni, like Julie, currently working to combat the virus as well as serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to make sure their sacrifice to keep others safe and supported, at a great personal risk, is noticed and appreciated. Please share information about alumni doing this hard work here. The gathered list will be housed on The Advancement Center web page and communicated through social media once up and running.