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DECEMBER 15, 2011

Patrick Sidley, CPA, CFO of Community Health Resources (CHR) and Windsor resident received the Connecticut Community Providers Association’s (CCPA) Lifetime Achievement Award today at CCPA’s Annual Meeting in Hartford.  This award recognizes outstanding leadership, commitment and accomplishments within the human services industry.

Mr. Sidley has built a career as a leader in the health and human services field and was recognized today for his service as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at CHR since 2005.   CHR is a leading behavioral health provider in Central and Northeastern Connecticut, offering a wide array of services including behavioral healthcare for children, adults and families, substance use disorder services and supportive housing.

Pat Sidley was honored for his leadership, dedication, resourcefulness and creativity in his work at CHR. As Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, he oversees general management, cost-reduction strategies, information systems technology, financing and operations planning. His successful integration of all aspects of financial operations has helped position CHR from grant funding to fee-for-service funding.  He has provided leadership and statewide advocacy on behalf of community providers related to cost standards, electronic health records, financial management and many other areas.

Prior to joining CHR, Pat worked for the Jewish Family Service Association in Cleveland, Ohio where he grew revenue by 15 percent per year for the $20 million social service organization. He also spent 13 years with Progressive Health Systems and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer provided financial direction to the $50 million healthcare system. Pat earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

“Pat has been a tremendous asset to CHR and to the healthcare field.  He is a unique CFO because he has the capability of managing complex issues while at the same time thinking strategically.  He is an innovative problem solver, yet he is also practical and grounded.  He has the highest of ethical standards and always makes decisions in the best interest of those whom we serve.  He is truly the gold standard of CFOs,” said Heather Gates, President and CEO of CHR.

In receiving his award, Patrick thanked his staff at CHR noting that “It’s the ability to be surrounded with excellent people that allows those of us in management positions to get our jobs done.  I’ve been blessed to be surrounded with an outstanding staff.” Mr. Sidley also commented, “I’m incredibly honored to receive this recognition.  I feel fortunate to have spent the last part of my career working in a state that truly values and supports people with disabilities.  The state works to provide resources for what people really need, not just what fits into allowable cost categories.  I’ve truly enjoyed the last six years with CHR here in Connecticut and for the thirty years I’ve worked in healthcare.”

Mr. Sidley was selected by the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Community Providers Association and received it today as part of the Association’s annual meeting.

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