Longtime HCAM Official to Serve as Interim Leader Following December Departure of CEO Kathleen Westcoat
BALTIMORE (November 4, 2015) – HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM) has named Traci Kodeck, a longtime senior leader at the organization, to serve as Interim President and CEO. She will assume that role with the departure of HCAM President Kathleen Westcoat, who will become the CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore Dec. 1st.
Kodeck, who has been with HCAM since 2000, now serves as Vice President for Population Health, overseeing a range of innovative projects. She previously held posts as Vice President of Programs and implemented several citywide initiatives, including care coordination for high utilizers of the 911 system, Operation Care and oversight of HCAM’s work with the B’more for Healthy Babies Initiative.
“Traci Kodeck has been a capable leader at HCAM for 15 years, and she has the background to lead the agency during this period of transition,” said Duane Taylor, CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers and Chair of the HCAM board. “We are confident she will be a steadying presence as we make decisions about our longtime leadership.”
HCAM is a Baltimore-based nonprofit agency that connects residents to public health care coverage and helps them navigate services effectively. The organization works with individuals, hospitals, policymakers, and social services organizations to strengthen Maryland’s health care delivery system and make Maryland healthier.
HCAM’s programs include serving as the leader in the Baltimore region in helping people sign up for health insurance as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Kodeck earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona in Tucson, focusing on health education and promotion. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and served two years in the Peace Corps as a community development worker in the Eastern Caribbean.
“I’m pleased to serve HCAM as Interim President during this critically important time,” Kodeck said. “We are providing vital services to help Marylanders both get health insurance and be able to navigate the complex healthcare landscape.”
HealthCare Access Maryland was established in 1997 as Baltimore HealthCare Access to initially assist with the Medicaid transition to managed care. After growing steadily, the agency broadened its reach to provide services to people throughout the state and adopted its current name in 2011.