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NORMAL — McLean County's medical home for low-income residents who are uninsured or under-insured and have chronic disease will have a new executive director, effective Monday.

Angie McLaughlin, executive director of the nonprofit Community Health Care Clinic for the past eight years, is leaving to become practice administrator of Medical Hills Internists, the primary care provider at 1401 Eastland Drive, Bloomington.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a respected medical group," McLaughlin said Tuesday. "It's a really good time for the clinic and for the team here to spread its wings."

Romagnoli said he was excited, honored and grateful for McLaughlin's mentorship.

"We've got a fantastic, high-functioning board with a great staff," he said. "I am inheriting a great situation."

The clinic provides medical care and prescription medicines to more than 1,000 McLean County residents each year. The clinic has 10 full- and part-time employees; 130 volunteers, including doctors who treat clinic patients; and is supported by Bloomington-Normal's two hospitals that admit clinic patients.

While the clinic board of directors unanimously approved Romagnoli, 37, of Heyworth, as the new executive director, his salary has not been finalized, McLaughlin said.

Romagnoli said that Leigh Helmuth, the clinic's pharmacy technician coordinator, will be promoted to operations manager and a new pharmacy tech will be added.

He also announced the clinic's long-anticipated expansion into dental services will happen in January or February.

"We will continue to keep an eye on health care access, making sure that we can meet the needs of people who need us," said Romagnoli, who began at the clinic 14 years ago as a Spanish language interpreter.

McLaughlin, 42, of Downs, spent 11 years working with nonprofits, focusing on child welfare, before joining the clinic.

"The past eight years with the clinic have been unbelievably rewarding for me professionally and personally," she said. "Building a staff that is completely committed to the organization and the patients we serve has been really fun to be a part of and, thanks to the unwavering commitment of our community, we have truly built a foundation for health care access.

"I look forward to watching Mike and the clinic staff and board strengthen the clinic and its services."

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Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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