The Austin City Council has appointed Lynne Hudson to the Central Health Board of Managers. Ms. Hudson replaces outgoing board member Bobbie Barker, who announced her retirement last month.
Ms. Hudson’s professional career is focused on public health and community-based nursing. She is currently a part-time contract nurse practitioner and a member of the clinical faculty with the University of Texas School of Nursing, and has extensive experience in healthcare administration and health policy. Her medical expertise is in gynecology and general women’s health as a Women’s Health Care Advanced Nurse Practitioner, which she still practices as a volunteer and as a consultant. She is previously the director of managed care operations for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, as well as Deputy Associate Commissioner of Health Care Financing for the Texas Department of Health.
Ms. Hudson is an active community supporter, participating in a March of Dimes prematurity prevention task force, volunteering with Circle of Health International, and as a medical and educational volunteer for numerous humanitarian relief efforts, both domestic and foreign. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of Brackenridge Hospital (now University Medical Center Brackenridge), a member of the Board of Directors for Austin Recovery, a founding member of the Texas Nurse Practitioner Association and a founding member of the Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice.
”I am honored and consider it a privilege to serve on the Board of Managers for Central Health. I am hopeful my experience in public health and community and population focused healthcare issues will be an asset to the board in this time of change and opportunity in the healthcare system,” Hudson said.
Central Health is governed by a nine-member volunteer Board of Managers. The Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners Court each appoints four of the members. Both governmental bodies jointly appoint the ninth member. The initial terms of the Managers were staggered so that, as near as possible, one-fourth of the members’ terms expire each year. Reappointments and new appointments to the Board serve four-year terms.