IPCA & CHCNI Selects David Garrett to Lead Organization



Kyle Rooks, Policy and Communications Director
Idaho Primary Care Association

IPCA & CHCNI Selects David Garrett to Lead Organization

Former senior executive of BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City brings extensive corporate and non-profit healthcare experience to new role

BOISE, ID - The Board of Directors of Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) and Community Health Center Network of Idaho (CHCNI) has named David Garrett as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Garrett brings more than 25 years of corporate executive and nonprofit healthcare experience to IPCA/CHCNI. Mr. Garrett replaces current CEO Yvonne Ketchum-Ward who is moving onto the next phase of her career after eight years of heading the organization.  

The leadership, expertise and discipline David has demonstrated throughout his impressive career will help advance the mission of IPCA and CHCNI - to promote and support vibrant, effective community health centers in providing accessible, affordable, and high-quality healthcare to all Idahoans,” said Dr. Ted Epperly, Board Chair.  

Mr. Garrett will be relocating from Kansas City, MO where he most recently served as Interim CEO of KC CARE Health Center and previously as a Vice President with BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City.

"I am excited to begin my role leading the Idaho Primary Care Association!  I see community health centers as an indispensable part of our nation’s healthcare system.  The organization’s efforts on enhancing the network of centers throughout Idaho for the benefit of the communities they serve is an incredible mission.  I look forward to relocating and getting involved with local healthcare and nonprofit organizations in Boise and exploring all the beautiful aspects of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest." said Garrett.

As an active contributor to his community, David has served on the boards of Ronald McDonald Charities of Greater Kansas, Jewish Family Services and Kansas City Health Commission. A graduate of Ohio University, Garrett holds a Master’s in Health Administration.


Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) has been the leading state advocate for community-based healthcare programs since 1982. The association plays a vital role in educating federal and state policymakers about issues relating to healthcare and the role of community health centers. IPCA provides training and technical assistance to Idaho’s health centers in the areas of health center operations, quality improvement, outreach and enrollment, workforce development, and network management. www.idahopca.org

Idaho’s community health centers are locally operated health systems offering affordable care to improve the wellness of individuals and communities. This year health centers:

  • Provided integrated medical, dental, behavioral health & pharmacy services
  • Served 196,000 patients – or 1 in 10 Idahoans
  • Had a statewide presence of 102 clinic sites in 60 communities
  • Operated over 75 school located clinics

For a list of Idaho’s health centers and map of clinic locations visit the Find a Health Center page. 



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