It is with regret that Tennessee Rural Partnership (TRP) announces the resignation of its Deputy Director, Cindy Siler. Cindy leaves on January 15 to become the Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, Tennessee.
Saying goodbye to Cindy will be bittersweet for TRP as an organization and also for the staff. As an organization, TRP will miss her energy and enthusiasm and her unparalleled gift for developing talented staff and guiding the placement of rural healthcare providers. Her institutional knowledge and network of contacts developed during a career spent working in rural Tennessee will be impossible to replace. As a staff, TRP will miss Cindy’s insight and work ethic. We will miss her warm demeanor in the office and the sense of personal friendship and mentoring that she brought to her working relationships. All of us at TRP are supportive of Cindy as she moves on to this exciting opportunity, and we will be proud to watch her shine in her new role.
Cindy was chosen in 2006 to head the new nonprofit organization called Tennessee Rural Partnership,, which was founded by the Rural Health Association of Tennessee, Tennessee Hospital Association and other organizations committed to providing access to primary healthcare in rural and underserved communities. She has been instrumental in establishing relationships with the medical residency programs and their students, as well as with rural practice opportunities.
As TRP marks its 10th year, we are grateful for Cindy’s leadership which has enabled the organization to place over 100 clinicians in underserved communities throughout Tennessee. Through its stipend program 89 practice incentives have been awarded to clinicians who agreed to practice in rural and underserved communities. These clinicians are making a difference in the lives of Tennesseans every day.
Prior to her work with TRP, Cindy worked in rural communities in Tennessee and Kentucky as a health educator. In 1990 she became Chief Executive Officer of Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET). Cindy’s leadership enabled the primary care clinic to become a federally-qualified health center. Many firsts occurred during Cindy’s work at CHET, including a Natural Helper health care program and one of the first Child Advocacy Centers in the state. In her new role with Mercy Community Healthcare, Cindy will again lend her skills to the work of a community health center.
During her years in healthcare, Cindy has served on numerous boards and led community activities. She has been the Board President of both the Tennessee Primary Care Association and the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. She is also serving as treasurer of the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association.
Cindy is a champion of healthcare for the rural and underserved in Tennessee. She has made a tremendous difference in expanding primary care access to the most vulnerable populations in the state. A tireless advocate for this mission, her lifetime of service reflects her dedication.