Camille Health Concern adds three new members to the Board of Directors


By Lois Thomson

Arjun K.Saluja

About a year ago, Arjun K. Saluja resigned as a member of the board of directors of Community Health of South Florida (CHI), where he had served for nearly 15 years, the last three as president . He said as soon as this happened, John Dubois, Chairman of the Board of Camillus Health Concern (CHC) contacted him. “I’ve known John for a while, and when I retired he said to me, ‘It’s time for you to come to Camillus.’ He pushed me,” Saluja said with a chuckle. “He saw the success we had at CHI and said, ‘We could use your talents.

“I told him to give me time. So I took about a year off and realized that I really loved the calling of helping the uninsured and underinsured population, it was very satisfying for me.

Camillus Health Concern is a community health center whose goal is to assist indigent and homeless people (men, women, and children) in Miami-Dade County with health services, including primary care, behavioral health, oral health and social services.

Dubois finally got his wish when Saluja joined the board. Saluja said that while he was with CHI, he gained quite a bit of knowledge about the industry. “I learned what’s important, how to expand our services – we expanded our locations, we increased our efficiency. My term at CHI was a huge success for all these reasons, and I hope to repeat it at Camillus.

He believes there is even more need at Camille because not only are the clients poor, but they are also homeless. Saluja said he hopes to expand and add even more services for CHC, and perhaps “provide mobile services to those who cannot come to us.”

Dr. Steven E. Marcus

Dr. Steven E. Marcus had also had a relationship with a board member prior to joining the CHC board. He said a good friend and colleague decided she didn’t want to continue serving on the board and also wanted to give others a chance to serve. “She said, ‘I think I would like to leave the board, what do you think? he has a lot of experience and would be a good CEO to work with.

Having retired from the Health Foundation of South Florida at the end of 2020, Dr. Marcus said he was very happy to have joined Camillus. One area of ​​particular interest to him is “more philanthropic activity. I’ve spent time in this area, and I’ve always been interested in seeing how philanthropy can be made more desirable for homeless people, so it’s a nice challenge.

Dr. Marcus said philanthropy is not just about asking people for money, it’s about engaging people in a cause and, in this case, understanding the purpose of CHC. “It’s a wonderful goal and it needs to create more opportunities for people to see how investing philanthropic dollars could do more for homeless people.”

He added that he did not yet know what other opportunities might be available to educate people and raise the level of importance of Camillus Health Concern. “The only thing I can do is share what I’ve learned and see if any of that learning has a place where I think it could be useful.”

Kionne L. McGhee

Kionne L. McGhee, Esq., is the third new person to join the Camillus Board of Directors. Having served on the Miami-Dade County Commission for District 9 since 2020, he has a busy schedule, but said Camillus’ work “means very dear to me.” He mentioned the importance of mental health and people’s access to resources, and said: “When we talk about this, it’s easy for me to say yes (to join the council) and move things around. to save time. ”

Commissioner McGhee said he first became familiar with Camillus when he met with CHC officials in Tallahassee to discuss legislation and advocacy, and wants to move forward thereafter. . “I asked over a year ago if I could serve this community and its constituents. A position opened up and I met the members of the board of directors and that is how I was able to join the board.

He said he views his position as one of partnership. “What I can bring to Camillus Health is advocacy, policy ideas and most of all be an asset to them and help them maintain their status within the community when it comes to mental health and homelessness.”

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