614 E. Emma Avenue, Suite 300
Springdale, AR 72764
Kathy Grisham, CEO
Kathy Grisham is Chief Executive Director of St. Francis House NWA, locally known as Community Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Northwest Arkansas. Founded twenty-one years ago, as a healthcare safety net for uninsured residents, the clinic pursues a mission of affordable, quality care through fourteen sites in the region, including medical clinics in Springdale, Rogers, Fayetteville and Siloam Springs; dental clinics in Springdale and Rogers, and School-Based Health Centers in Springdale (3), Prairie Grove and Fayetteville, Lincoln and Siloam Springs. The Clinic implemented an Integrated Behavioral Health with Primary Care program seven years ago to successfully serve its patients population focusing on preventive behavioral health. A psychiatrist was added to the Behavioral Health staff two years ago.
The clinic’s expansion has reflected the growth in the region, increasing the number of patients seen in just the past five years by 25%. The clinic’s staff reflects the demographics of the communities, with bi-lingual staff members offering culturally appropriate services to the Hispanic and Marshallese populations. Under Kathy’s leadership the patients served has grown to 36,500.
Kathy’s work encompasses capital and strategic planning, program development and advocating for parity of care for the disenfranchised. In addition to her long-standing professional commitment to community health care, Kathy has worked in senior management positions in journalism, marketing and sales. Kathy is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, with additional coursework at UCLA, designated as a national MBA program for Federally Qualified Health Centers, and is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to her professional service, Kathy volunteers with the NW Arkansas Tobacco and Drug Free Coalition in Northwest Arkansas where she and her husband, a priest in the Episcopal Church, have lived for twenty years.