Karen Kinter officially CEO of Oak Orchard Health after serving as interim leader

Posted 14 April 2023 at 9:14 am

Press Release, Oak Orchard Health

ALBION/BROCKPORT – Karen Kinter has served as Interim CEO of Oak Orchard Health since September 2022. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kinter officially as the CEO of Oak Orchard.

Karen Kinter

“We are thrilled that Karen will be leading our health centers,” said Karen Watt, chairwoman of the Oak Orchard Health. “She brings with her 20 years of executive leadership experience and dedication to serving underserved patients.”

Kinter is a seasoned healthcare executive with more than 20 years in the industry and vast experience establishing, stabilizing and growing healthcare organizations. She has worked extensively with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

Before joining Oak Orchard, Karen served as CEO of Regional Health Services FQHC and Vice President of Specialty Revenue Programs at Rochester Regional located in Rochester, where she had financial, operational and strategic responsibility for programs across a large health system.

The RHS FQHC program serves more than 90,000 patients at over 20 locations. In this role, she successfully launched and expanded multiple initiatives to expand access for patients. Additionally, she led the system-wide federal 340B pharmacy program and the business office for the College of Health to focus on developing career paths for nursing professionals and was awarded numerous grants to help grow and sustain services for underserved populations

Prior to joining RRH, Kinter worked at Anthony Jordan Health Center. And before this, she spent more than 10 years with Oak Orchard as the Chief Financial Officer.

A native of Orleans County, Karen earned her undergraduate degree from Medaille College and a Master of Business Administration from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

“I live in Orleans County with my family and understand its healthcare needs,” Kinter said. “OOH is poised to take the lead for a healthier community. We have many great community partners that I am looking forward to collaborating with to make us all stronger.”

About Oak Orchard Health 

Originally founded in 1973, Oak Orchard Health has grown from a migrant health project into an integrated health center with multiple locations providing health care services including primary and pediatric care, vision and dental care, behavioral health, as well as nutrition and outreach services for everyone located in the communities they serve. Oak Orchard Health is a recognized patient-centered medical home and 501(c)(3) nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in the towns of Albion, Alexander, Batavia, Brockport, Corfu, Hornell, Medina, and Warsaw, New York. Learn more about Oak Orchard Health at www.oakorchardhealth.org.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Karen Kinter, then the interim CEO of Oak orchard Health, celebrates a new mobile dental unit for the organization during a ribbon-cutting on Oct. 11. The mobile dental unit is available for the five school districts in Orleans County – Albion, Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina. The unit was paid for with a $650,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.