We will reveal and foster
God's healing love by
improving the health
of the individuals and
communities we serve,
especially those who
are poor and vulnerable.

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal,” said Michele. “I strive to live this in both my personal life and in the work that I do. After meeting the staff at Caritas Clinics and SCL Health, I know I have found a work home that holds this same passion. I am so very honored to be joining this dedicated team and very excited to help continue the good works offered here.”

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Michele Surber as the next Executive Director of Caritas Clinics, Kansas, effective April 5. Michele will report directly to David Pringle, Senior Vice President of Mission Integration, and she will have a dotted line reporting relationship to the Caritas Board. Her appointment allows for an important transition in clinic leadership.

Michele speaks eloquently and passionately about her calling and spiritual alignment with the Mission and Values of SCL Health and Caritas, citing examples of how lives were changed in her previous leadership roles.

With a vision that aligns with the Caritas Board, SCL Health system and Mission Integration, Michele has a strong relationship-based leadership style that embraces team development, patient care grounded in quality clinical outcomes, service to the community, engagement with local agencies and a commitment to donor relationships.

Prior to joining Caritas and SCL Health, Michele served as Regional Director of Operations at Telecare Corporation in Alameda, California. Her responsibilities included overseeing five 15-bed social rehabilitation residential programs, two 100-client outpatient Assertive Community Treatment programs, two 12-bed crisis residential treatment centers, and one 16-bed Mental Health Resource Center sub-acute program. Instead of a wide scope of responsibilities, Michele views her new role as an opportunity to be engaged more deeply in the Caritas Clinics and the local communities, and she expressed energy and excitement about the future possibilities of the clinics.

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal,” said Michele. “I strive to live this in both my personal life and in the work that I do. After meeting the staff at Caritas Clinics and SCL Health, I know I have found a work home that holds this same passion. I am so very honored to be joining this dedicated team and very excited to help continue the good works offered here.”

Michele has also held an administrator role for the Ventura County Health Care Agency in Ventura, California, leading county-wide health centers for employee health and homeless services and a seven-city outreach program providing care to clients diagnosed with substance use disorders, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. Michele assessed the health and social needs of the community and provided strategic planning to foster program growth and sustainability in conjunction with the Health Resources and Services Administration, National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Joint Commission, the Department of Health Care Services and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare.

Michele has a Master of Science in Child Forensic Psychology from the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Trinity University. She also earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Please join us in welcoming Michele to Caritas Clinics and SCL Health.

CategoryCaritas Clinics
  1. April 15, 2021

    Welcome Michele,

    Looking forward to meet you in the near future!
    Edna Wagner

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